Each year the OAS Secretary General publishes a proposed Program-Budget for the coming calendar year. The OAS General Assembly meets in a Special Session to approve the Program-Budget. Find these documents from 1998-2013 here.
Each year in April, the OAS Board of External Auditors publishes a report covering the previous calendar year’s financial results. Reports covering 1996-2016 may be found here.
Approximately six weeks after the end of each semester, the OAS publishes a Semiannual Management and Performance Report, which since 2013 includes reporting on programmatic results. The full texts may be found here.
Here you will find data on the Human Resources of the OAS, including its organizational structure, each organizational unit’s staffing, vacant posts, and performance contracts.
The OAS executes a variety of projects funded by donors. Evaluation reports are commissioned by donors. Reports of these evaluations may be found here.
The Inspector General provides the Secretary General with reports on the audits, investigations, and inspections conducted. These reports are made available to the Permanent Council. More information may be found here.
The OAS has discussed for several years the real estate issue, the funding required for maintenance and repairs, as well as the deferred maintenance of its historic buildings. The General Secretariat has provided a series of options for funding it. The most recent document, reflecting the current status of the Strategy, is CP/CAAP-3211/13 rev. 4.
Here you will find information related to the GS/OAS Procurement Operations, including a list of procurement notices for formal bids, links to the performance contract and travel control measure reports, the applicable procurement rules and regulations, and the training and qualifications of its staff.
The OAS Treasurer certifies the financial statements of all funds managed or administered by the GS/OAS. Here you will find the latest general purpose financial reports for the main OAS funds, as well as OAS Quarterly Financial Reports (QFRs).
Every year the GS/OAS publishes the annual operating plans for all areas of the Organization, used to aid in the formulation of the annual budget and as a way to provide follow-up on institutional mandates.
Here you will find information related to the OAS Strategic Plan 2016-2020, including its design, preparation and approval.
Sustainable Communities in Central
America and the Caribbean
Sustainable Cities Course, 8th Edition
Date: June 21-24, 2016
Venue: Antigua and Barbuda
The cities of the Americas are experiencing dramatic and accelerating
changes. Significant demographic variations and technological advances
are having an increasingly powerful impact on how people live in
the region. According to recent studies, Latin America and the Caribbean
have the highest rate of urbanization in the developing world. Furthermore,
the proportion of the regions’ population living in cities has doubled
from 41% to 80% in the last 60 years. Rapid urbanization is posing
serious challenges to OAS member states in terms of housing, common
spaces, sustainable transport, controlling and reducing pollution,
the collection and disposal of industrial and electronic waste,
and the adoption of renewable and clean energy, among others.Cities
often expand beyond their planned limits, and official and informal
systems to provide water, sewerage, waste disposal, and other common
services to these areas are often insufficient and inefficient.
Antigua’s Environmental Protection and Management Act includes
several provisions to strengthen environmental protection, including:
Protecting wetlands, which filter runoff water from the
land, prevent coastal erosion, and mitigate storm surges. Safeguard
human health by regulating organic and inorganic pollutants
and by setting standards for air and water quality, a first
in the nation’s legislative history.
Protecting endemic, rare and threatened species. Secures
community access to and knowledge of genetic resources.
Creating the Sustainable Island Resources Framework Fund
or “SIRF Fund” to streamline international funding and finance
environmental management on the island.
Improving environmental information, with requirements for
spatial data, a natural resources inventory, and environmental
registry (e.g. pollution permits) with public access provisions.
With the objective of highlighting advancements in sustainable
communities, the Organization of American States (OAS), with funding
from US/OAS, in partnership with the Department of Environment,
Government of Antigua and Barbuda has organized a Sustainable Cities
course for a group of urban and social transformation professionals.
The Sustainable Cities course provides an integral overview of the
different aspects that contribute to building sustainable communities,
targeting different topics emanating from the First Summit on Sustainable
Development in the Americas held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in December
1996. In this context, section II.3 Sustainable Cities and Communities
The incorporation of the poorest and most disadvantaged
sectors of the population into the productive process by, inter
alia, creating jobs through public and private investment and
expanding and enhancing access to credit and to environmentally
Growth in job creation in small and micro-enterprises by
simplifying paperwork, bureaucracy, and operations that affect
them and by promoting the economic competitiveness and environmental
efficiency of these production units in urban as well as rural
Narrowing of the housing unit gap and expansion of basic
infrastructure services through a comprehensive approach to
the problem of rapid urban growth, including the use of clean,
Promotion of the quality of life in cities and communities,
taking into account their spatial, economic, social, and environmental
Assurance of the most efficient and least polluting industrial
and transportation practices so as to reduce adverse environmental
impact and promote sustainable development in cities and communities
To provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the different
elements that contribute to the development of sustainable cities
to government officials and members of civil society involved in
planning processes and urban development
To provide state of the art knowledge on the set of systems
involved in the urban setting combining social and physical
To analyze case studies and identify best practices; and
To provide a first hand experience regarding the benefits
of green infrastructure, energy efficiency demonstration projects
and sustainable transport systems through field visits.
Produce through break-out groups a policy and recommendations
document in each module theme
The course will include theoretical presentations that combine
the professor’s input with student participation. Case studies will
be presented and discussed in order to develop practical skills
regarding the issues discussed. This website will provide background
readings and material on each module so that students can prepare
in order to enhance learning and assimilation of the program content.
The course will combine theory with practical exercises in which
the students will experience the content of each module applied
to real life situations through lectures, readings, field trips
group exercises and discussion. The course will close with a set
of field trips in which students will be able to come in contact
with the operations and functioning of green infrastructure, energy
efficiency projects and sustainable transport.