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OAS Secretary General met with Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

OAS Secretary General receives Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena.

OAS Permanent Council Received Reports from the IICA and on the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games

May 19, 2015
Washington, DC

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received reports from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and on the preparations for the Pan-American and Parapan-American Games in Canada, in a regular meeting in which the Council also bid farewell to the Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The Prime Minister of the Canadian province of Ontario, Kathleen Wynn, made a presentation on the Pan-American and Parapan-American Games to be held in Toronto from July 10 to 26 and August 8 to 15. The Prime Minister explained the progress made recently in the province to create economic opportunities and called the Games “an opportunity to deepen our fruitful international partnerships” and a great boost for Ontario and a catalyst for its economic, social and infrastructure development.

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OAS Secretary General Met with AMERIPOL President

May 6, 2015
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the President of the Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL) and National Director of the Police Force of Costa Rica, Commissioner Juan José Andrade at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington, DC.

Commissioner Andrade visited Secretary General Insulza to thank him for his the support during his 10 years at the helm of the OAS for AMERIPOL, made up of thirty organizations in the hemisphere, and discussed the challenges facing the Americas in terms of citizen security.

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OAS participated in the II International Conference on Strengthening Peace and Security Cooperation towards Democracy and Development organized by International IDEA, GPPAC, UNU-CRIS, the OAS and OSCE

April 28-30, 2015
Vienna, Austria

The Director of the Department of International Affairs, Ms. Jane Thery, participated in representation of the OAS General Secretariat in the II International Conference on Strengthening Peace and Security Cooperation towards Democracy and Development organized by International IDEA, GPPAC, UNU-CRIS, the OAS and OSCE.

The Conference highlighted how the UN Security Council needs support to respond quickly and effectively to every crisis situation. It was noted that regional organizations and civil society organizations often have the means and understanding to help prevent the root causes of conflict in their regions and to build strong and inclusive democratic institutions.

The conference’s recommendations have been presented to the High-Level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly on “Strengthening Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-regional organizations”, which will take place on 4 May 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.

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OAS to Host Debate on the Status and Protection of Refugees in the Americas

April 20, 2015
Washington, DC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, will be the keynote speaker at the 59th Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) that will be held on Wednesday April 22, at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, D.C.

The Lecture, entitled "From the Cartagena Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: The New frontiers of Protection in the Americas," will address the issues related to the status and protection of the rights of refugees in the region and their most pressing challenges, and it will present an analysis of the subject based on the specific characteristics of refugees in the Hemisphere.

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OAS, the International Economic Alliance, IMF and World Bank Organize Symposium on Emerging Markets in Africa and the Americas

April 17, 2015
Washington, DC

The Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), Sherry Tross, participated today in the opening of a symposium on emerging markets in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution, co-organized by the OAS, the International Economic Alliance, the institution Global Political Solutions (GPS), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and representatives of several developing economies.

Executive Secretary Tross stressed the importance of partnership between the public and private sectors for the growth of the economies of the region. "The range of strategic multilateral, public and private actors represented at the meeting illustrates the partnerships required to move forward the work of the Organization in development, particularly in the areas of small business development, innovation, and competitiveness," she said.

The main topics of the symposium were Global Health and Innovation; Financial Inclusion and Good Governance; Establishing Sovereign Wealth and Investment Funds in Emerging Markets; and Access to Capital, Access to Credit and Access to Alternative Banking in the 21st Century.

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OAS Secretary General Meets with UN Secretary General

April 10, 2015
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in the framework of the Seventh Summit of the Americas, which begins today in Panama.

During the meeting, they discussed the current political developments in the Hemisphere and the cooperation between the two institutions, with special emphasis in the process of the full reintegration of Cuba to the Hemisphere's community of nations; the upcoming elections in Haiti; support for countries affected by natural disasters and the joint work towards peace in Central America and Colombia. They also reaffirmed their commitment to work together on the mandates that emerge from the Summit, on which both institutions will play a key role in implementation and follow-up.

Secretary General Ban praised the leadership of Secretary General Insulza in his ten year term at the head of the Organization, which concludes on May 25, and called it "a source of inspiration and support." The OAS leader, for his part, expressed his gratitude for "the close collaboration during these years with you and your team."

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