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Versión Español | February 2015


OAS Adopts Plan of Action of the Social Charter of the Americas

Social Charter - Carta Social

In a historic event, Member States of the OAS approved the Plan of Action of the Social Charter of the Americas on February 11, 2015. The objectives and strategic lines of action established in the Plan reflect the region’s overwhelming consensus on the importance of social inclusion, while simultaneously strengthening one of the main Inter-American instruments governing the work of the Organization - the Social Charter of the Americas adopted in 2012. » Read more

Countries create new Inter-American Education Agenda

OAS Member States discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Regional cooperation on education received a major boost through the commitment to build an Inter-American Education Agenda, agreed to by the Ministers of Education at their VIII Inter-American Meeting. The ministerial meeting held in Panama City, February 4 and 5 2015, adopted a resolution establishing that the new Agenda will guide policy dialogue and hemispheric cooperation in three areas: quality, inclusive, and equitable education; strengthening of the teaching profession; and comprehensive early childhood care. » Read more

Guatemala and the OAS Launch Ethanol Project

OAS Welcomes partners from the Mobiles for Education Alliance

Guatemala’s new pilot plan for the blend and use of ethanol in gasoline represents an important step toward building a more sustainable, energy secure country. The Plan, launched on February 25, 2015 by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and the OAS-SEDI through its Department of Sustainable Development, seeks to promote the use of ethanol for vehicles, which if successful, has the potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating savings of at least $100 million in fossil fuel imports in the country. » Read more


The Region’s Commitment to Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

OAS Member States discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Citizen demand for social, economic and political equality, points to the need to give answers, and has led the region to search for a new development paradigm," stated OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza in the February 25 dialogue on the progress and future of the “Protocol of San Salvador,” which consecrates Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The “new development paradigm” highlighted by Insulza refers to the regional and global consensus on the critical importance of equity and equality. 
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Improving Home Energy Efficiency using Weatherization Techniques

OAS Member States discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The “weatherization” of low income households has proven to have remarkable results in terms of energy savings, family health and safety, quality of life improvements, climate change mitigation and green jobs creation. As countries in the region seek to learn from policies and programs that address the challenges of climate change, the OAS-SEDI, through its Department of Sustainable Development, as Clearinghouse of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), and in partnership with Weatherizers Without Borders... » Read more


Honduras-OAS Partner to Enhance the Sustainability of its Tourism Sector

Cooperation in social protection: exchanging experiences, expanding opportunities

Honduras is seeking to increase the appeal of its tourism sector for the growing number of travelers interested in responsible tourism and authentic experiences, while simultaneously balancing the protection of its natural and cultural assets. To support these efforts, the OAS-SEDI partnered with the Honduras Institute of Tourism and from February 16-21, began the process of evaluating the sustainability of Utila, Bay Islands as a tourism destination. » Read more

Colombia illustrates the links between conservation and livelihoods of poor communities

Cooperation in social protection: exchanging experiences, expanding opportunities

Setting an example to the world, 20 Magdalena alligators or Needle alligators (cocodrylus acutus) were returned to the Bay of Cispatá in Córdoba, Colombia by international experts from over 20 countries and a group of former crocodile hunters, with the support of the OAS-SEDI and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). » Read more


Cooperation in Action

February 5, 2015

OAS-Bolivia sign agreement on teacher training. In the framework of the VIII Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education in Panama City (February 4 and 5), the new agreement between the Ministry of Education of Bolivia and the OAS will promote collaboration between the two institutions on teacher training at all levels. » Read more

February 10, 2015

OAS-Mexico launch the 2015 edition CONACYT-OAS-AMEXCID Scholarship Program. For the second consecutive year, the citizens of the Americas may access postgraduate scholarships in Mexico, in areas such as engineering; physics-mathematics and earth sciences; biology and chemistry; medicine and health sciences. » Read more


February 12, 2015

OAS-International Telethons Organization (ORITEL) to collaborate in campaign for the inclusion of people with disabilities. A campaign will be launched shortly by ORITEL-OAS to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of human development such as education, work and recreation. » Read more

February 18, 2015

OAS - Manchester University to offer scholarships valued at $850,000. The new agreement includes two full scholarships for doctoral studies to be offered every year for the next three years in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are priority areas for OAS Member States and also a main focus for the University of Manchester.
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