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 OAS Secretary General participates in 24th Ibero-American Summit in Veracruz

December 8, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, travelled to Veracruz, Mexico to participate in the 24th Ibero-American Summit, at the invitation of the host government.

During his stay in the Mexican city, the Secretary General will attend the official acts of the Summit that brings together the Heads of State and Government of the countries of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Americas and Europe. In addition, he will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders present at the inter-continental meeting.

 OAS Secretary General participates in dialogue on Regional Integration between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur

November 24, 2014
Santiago, Chile

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today participated as a moderator in the Dialogue on Regional Integration between the members of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, organized in Santiago by the General Directorate of International Economic Relations of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Secretary General Insulza moderated a debate in which the Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Héctor Timerman; Brazil, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo; Chile, Heraldo Muñoz; Guatemala, Carlos Raúl Morales; México, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña; Perú, Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel; Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, and Uruguay, Luis Almagro, participated.

 OAS and UNEP sign agreement on Environmental Rule of Law and Sustainable Development

November 19, 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in fostering respect for environmental laws and sustainable development, in a ceremony that took place in the context of the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations, taking place at this week at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

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 OAS Secretary General received South-South Visionary Award

November 18, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, received the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Visionary Award, during a gala dinner held in the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo, being held this week at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington DC.

Upon accepting the award, presented by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Secretary General Insulza highlighted “the challenge of promoting innovation, partnership and leadership. As we all know the world is complex and the work of multilateral institutions can be slow and difficult. But only through this true cooperation, representing our citizens, can we advance in the plans needed to improve lives.”

The South-South and Triangular Cooperation Visionaries Awards are presented to people who have consistently embodied all three aspects of the annual South-South Cooperation Awards –innovation, partnership and leadership – over the course of their careers.

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 OAS Signs Agreement with UNOSSC to Host UN Global Expo on South-South Development 2014

October 30, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, signed an agreement with the Director of the United Nations Office on South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Yiping Zhou, to host the UN Global Expo on South-South Development 2014 at OAS headquarters November 17-21.

Upon signing the document, Secretary General Insulza noted that “south-south cooperation for us is not only the future; it is also what we try to practice now.” The Secretary General recalled that the OAS is a regional organization of the United Nations, and said, “We take that very seriously.” The Expo, said the OAS leader, represents an “opportunity to bring together global partners – solution providers, solution seekers, financiers, business leaders, policymakers and educators – to showcase successes, consolidate initiatives, build partnerships and launch projects to bring tested development solutions to scale.”

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OAS hosts the 4th High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy

October 16-17 , 2014
Washington, DC

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted the 4th High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy, which took place on October 16-17, 2014, at OAS Headquarters, and the central theme was :Democracy and Development in our Regions: Towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda”.  

The High Level Meeting featured the participation of Heads and high-level representatives of the following Regional Organizations: United Nations, African Union, Pacific Island Forum, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, European Union, Council of Europe, League of Arab States, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, International IDEA and the OAS.

In the framework of this event, the OAS General Secretariat organized the 61st OAS Policy Roundtable, to be held on October 17, 2014, at 10:00am, at the Hall of the Americas of the OAS Main Building in Washington, D.C. The theme of the Policy Roundtable was “Beyond 2015: A New Development Agenda for Cooperation”, and it is an event open to the public.

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Secretary General Insulza Highlights Joint Work of OAS and PAHO on New Approach to Drug Policies

September 29, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, took part today in the inauguration of the 53rd Directing Council of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), with a speech in which he highlighted the joint work of the two institutions to address expressions of the worldwide drug problem, among other areas of cooperation.

Secretary General Insulza put special emphasis on the efforts of the OAS and PAHO to find a new approach to hemispheric drug policy. "This common effort has led to, naturally, the consideration of the problem drug use as a public health problem rather than security problem," he said.

The OAS leader recalled that under the Joint Program of the Inter-American Commission for Drug Abuse Control (CICAD) and PAHO, through collaboration between the Ministries of Health and the drug commissions of the countries of the Hemisphere, sub-regional initiatives are being developed and priority areas established for joint action by countries to develop public health policies on drugs. He said that these joint efforts are also helping to promote a higher quality of care for addicts and consumers at risk.

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OAS Permanent Council Receives PAHO Report on the Ebola Outbreak in Africa and the Impact of Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

September 24, 2014
Washington, DC

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) held a regular meeting in which it received reports from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in western Africa and the status of Chikungunya virus in the region, and also discussed issues related to the empowerment of women in the Hemisphere and the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

During the meeting, the Council received PAHO Director Carissa Ettienne, and PAHO Director of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis, Marcos Espinal. Director Etienne reported that Ebola is active in six countries in West Africa, where 22 million people live, and warned that the virus "is spreading exponentially." "Today we have 5,800 reported cases and 2,800 deaths, but half of these cases have occurred in the last three weeks, and it is expected that this crisis will expand in terms of numbers and deaths," she said, and recalled that recently the United Nations Security Council stated that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "a threat to international peace and security."

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OAS Secretary General Met with Foreign Ministers of the Region at the United Nations General Assembly

September 24, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, held meetings today with several foreign ministers from the Americas at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, in the framework of the General Assembly taking place this week.

The OAS leader met with the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Hugo Martínez; Guatemala, Carlos Raúl Morales; Haiti, Duly Brutus; Honduras, Mireya Agüero; Peru, Gonzalo Gutiérrez and the Dominican Republic, Andrés Navarro García.

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OAS and European Union Sign Cooperation Agreement on Conflict Analysis, Early Warning and Crisis Response

September 23, 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States and the European Union today signed a cooperation agreement on issues of conflict analysis, early warning and crisis response, in a ceremony that took place at the headquarters of the Pan-American institution in Washington, DC.

The Secretary for Political Affairs of the OAS, Kevin Casas-Zamora, called the document “an important expression of the political will to deepen the relationship between the OAS and the European External Action Service on issues such as conflict analysis, early warning and crisis response.”

With the new agreement, said Secretary Casas-Zamora, “We look forward to jointly develop a training framework to strengthen our human resources, promote exchanges in fora where conceptual frameworks, tools and best practices are discussed, consolidate institutional communication channels to enhance the exchange of information and assessments, and advance our collaboration with the joint research center focusing on the early warning component of our system for political and perspective analysis.”

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OAS, INE of Mexico and International IDEA Hold Seminar on Accessibility and Electoral Participation

September 22, 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States (OAS), the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE for its initials in Spanish), and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) inaugurated today the Seventh Inter-American Electoral Seminar at INE headquarters in Mexico City. This edition of the event is supported by two institutions with broad experience in the field, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and The Trust for the Americas.

During the week, 28 members of the electoral management bodies of the Americas and the Caribbean, together with a group of 10 panelists, will exchange experiences and look for common solutions to the challenges posed by the need to guarantee accessibility and electoral participation in the region.

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Chair of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Supports Work of OAS General Assembly at Special Session

September 19, 2014
Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Chairperson of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations (UN) at its 57th session, Ambassador Khaled Abdel-Rahman Shamaa, today sent a message to the plenary OAS General Assembly at its 46th special session. He pointed to the work of the hemispheric organization in addressing the drug issue and said the Guatemala meeting certainly “is very timely; this is the time for member states to devote attention to this topic of the highest importance to the region and the world."

The Egyptian diplomat emphasized the important contribution the OAS made to the worldwide debate in the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas, prepared under the direction of the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza. He said the document was used as a resource for preparation of the high-level study of 2014, and that he hopes to use the findings of this special session of the OAS General Assembly in a similar fashion.

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OAS Anti-Corruption Committee Met with Experts from International Organizations and the Private Sector

September 11, 2014
Washington, DC

The Committee of Experts of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) today held, in the framework of its 24th Meeting, a session on issues of collective interest during which several experts of international organizations and representatives of the private sector presented various experiences with regard to the fight against the scourge of corruption.

The first panel analyzed “the responsibility of the private sector in preventing and combating corruption”. The Vice President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org ), Leslie Benton, indicated that her organization works with corporations with the objective to expand to the entire private sector practices that fight against corruption and protect intellectual property. To that end, Benton’s group has developed two types of services, one that specializes in anti-corruption practices, and the other, in intellectual property protection. She added that both initiatives are available in Chinese, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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OAS Secretary General met with the UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

September 4, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with Jessica Faieta, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN body that promotes the improvement of the living conditions of citizens by providing knowledge and promoting the exchange of experiences and necessary resources.

During the meeting, the two officials discussed the preparations for the upcoming Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in December in Veracruz, Mexico. Secretary General Insulza and Regional Director Faieta agreed on their interest to ensure the joint efforts of various multinational agencies involved in development issues, such as the OAS and the UNDP, to work in partnership with the ministries of social development of different countries.

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OAS Leader Meets with Ibero-American Secretary General

September 4, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), Rebeca Grynspan, in his office at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington, DC.

Both secretary generals discussed details on the upcoming Ibero-American Summit to be held December 8 and 9 in Veracruz, Mexico.

The Ibero-American Secretary General, who recently assumed her duties, expressed to the OAS leader her interest in focusing her work on promoting higher academic mobility with the aim of expanding the educational, cultural and professional horizons for the citizens of the region in order to enhance the promotion of Latin American identity.

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Annual Conference of CAF, OAS and Inter-American Dialogue Opened in Washington, DC

September 3, 2014
Washington, DC

The XVIII Annual Conference of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Dialogue opened today in Washington DC with the participation of OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza; CAF President Enrique García; and the President of the Inter-American Dialogue, Michael Shifter.

Secretary General Insulza stressed at the ceremony that the association created for the annual conference "has generated a forum for dialogue, a place where we gather to present interesting ideas and exchange views and analysis on key issues for the region." Insulza added that the event "is the best way to mark the start of the business year for many of us", and highlighted the level of debate and assistance that has characterized the event since its inception.

The leader of the Hemispheric organization said that, from his perspective, inter-American relations today are more relevant than ever. "I do not think we should divide the Hemisphere from the point of view of different perspectives or regions or social or ideological areas," he said and stressed the importance of cooperating to build consensus and to establish a meaningful exchange between countries. "This is a significant forum where we discuss how to work together on issues like the ones we are discussing today," he said. He also expressed his willingness to continue participating in the regional conference in 2015 once he finished his second term at the helm of OAS and consequently leaves office.

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OAS and CARICOM IMPACS Sign Agreement on Security Cooperation

August 4, 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 28th of July to promote and facilitate cooperation and collaboration aimed at advancing regional security.

Signing on behalf of the OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza was the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell, and on behalf of CARICOM IMPACS was Francis Forbes, Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS.

The agreement aims to promote and facilitate human resources capacity development within the area of security and to support the security needs of Caribbean member states through the adoption of a flexible, collaborative relationship between the organizations. The document also establishes mechanisms for enhanced coordination between the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the OAS and CARICOM IMPACS and for the development and execution of joint programs and projects.

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Secretary General Meets with Leaders of Central America at SICA Summit

June 27, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Presidents of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli; Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández; and Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, in the context of the XLIII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in the Dominican Republic.

The OAS leader spoke with the Central American leaders about the cooperation of their countries and the OAS, the preparations for the next General Assembly of the Organization, and the regional political context.

On Thursday, Secretary General Insulza met with the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, as well as the Dominican Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso.

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OAS Secretary General Meets with SICA Officials

June 5, 2014
Asunción, Paraguay

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today, in the framework of the XLIV OAS General Assembly in Asunción, with officials from the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), with whom he reviewed the key issues guiding the work of the Central American body.

Secretary General Insulza underscored the consolidation of the sub-regional body, which had become a centerpiece of economic development in the Central American nations, and commended their role in the political debate underway in the OAS Permanent Council on the hemispheric agenda.

The foreign ministers and heads of delegation of SICA participating in the XLIV OAS General Assembly who were present at this morning’s meeting with Secretary General Insulza expressed their support for the “Strategic Vision” under consideration by the OAS Permanent Council. Also discussed at the meeting were joint efforts against drug trafficking, security, and options during the preparatory phase of the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama in April 2015.

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Secretary General of the OAS meets with CARICOM Heads of Delegation

June 4, 2014
Asunción, Paraguay

Today the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met with the Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), during a working breakfast held in conjunction with the 44th General Assembly taking place in Asunción, Paraguay.

During the meeting the main topics discussed were the active role that the Caribbean nations play within the OAS and within the inter-American human rights system, and development of the sub-region. Secretary General Insulza and the high ranking representatives from the Caribbean participating in the annual meeting of the OAS’ supreme authority also discussed the hemispheric agenda.

The meeting was also attended by the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, and Secretary General Insulza’s senior advisors.

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OAS Secretary General Received Visit from EU Representative for the Americas

June 3, 2014
Asunción, Paraguay

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service, Cristian Leffler, in the Secretary General’s office at the 44th OAS General Assembly, which opens today in Asunción, Paraguay.

Secretary General Insulza and Director Leffler discussed the importance of linking issues related to inclusion, security, and democracy with the creation of state public policies designed to improve living conditions for the people of the Americas. They also agreed on the importance that the various multinational agencies are in sync when it comes to their concern over the issue of “Development with Social Inclusion,” the central theme of the General Assembly.

Present at the meeting was also Alessandro Palermo, Head of the EU delegation to Paraguay and the OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñónez.

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The OAS and PAHO will work together for universal health coverage in all countries of the Americas

June 3, 2014
Asunción, Paraguay

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etienne, signed today a joint declaration pledging to join forces of both Hemispheric organizations in an effort to move toward universal health coverage in the Americas.

Secretary General Insulza noted the significance of signing an agreement of this nature with PAHO at the OAS General Assembly, whose theme is “Development with social inclusion.” He said that in the context of our Hemisphere, the lack of access to health coverage “is also linked to the social inequalities that exist in our societies.”

The OAS Secretary General said that sizeable sectors of the population throughout the Americas lack health coverage. Beyond the ideological debate, he said, all citizens must have access to quality health care.

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Permanent Council Receives IICA Annual Report

May 14, 2014
Washington, DC

The General Director of the IICA, Victor Villalobos, presented the Annual Report of the Institution, which will be sent to the 44th OAS General Assembly, from June 3 to 5 in Asunción, Paraguay. Director Villalobos highlighted that “the efforts of the Institute in recent years have focused on supporting its countries to achieve four strategic objectives related to the hemispheric agricultural sector: improving productivity and competitiveness; empowering the contribution of agriculture to the development of rural territories; improving the capacity of the sector to mitigate and adapt itself to climate change and better use natural resources; and improving the contribution of agriculture to food security.”

Villalobos summarized the activities of the Institution over the past year, emphasizing the strategic importance of the development of the agricultural sector in the region, in particular among the rural population. In addition, he thanked the Permanent Council and in particular the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, for their support of the Institution. In his conclusion, Director Villalobos, who began his second four-year term in January, highlighted that “our relevance is measured by the results that you yourselves know and have seen. This is the commitment that I again make to our member countries.”

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OAS and PADF Further Cooperation to Prevent and Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 5, 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) today signed at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC a cooperation agreement through the two entities will broaden and deepen their cooperation in preventing and creating mechanisms to confront the impact that natural disasters cause in the most vulnerable sectors of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the signing ceremony for the agreement, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, recalled that for more than 50 years, the OAS and the PADF have actively worked together in various areas of development, "which indicates that on several occasions we have already had this type of agreements, with particular attention to cooperation in contributing to economic growth, social justice and humanitarian assistance." The PADF "is the best tool we have for disaster relief," he added.

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Secretary General Meets with Caribbean Leaders at the Summit of the Association of Caribbean States

April 30, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, travelled to Mexico to participate in the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), taking place in the city of Mérida. In this context, Secretary General Insulza has held meetings with several Caribbean leaders attending the regional event, as well as the President of the host country, Enrique Peña Nieto.

During the two days of meetings, April 28 and 29, the Secretary General has also had the opportunity to meet with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly; the President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar; the President-elect of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís; the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart; the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Duly Brutus; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, among others.

The Summit is a crucial meeting place for the discussion of the problems and challenges presented by the international agenda and for the strengthening of historical, economic, social and cultural ties among the peoples of the Caribbean, through clear strategies and concrete initiatives. The event also allows for the outlining of clear goals and specific objectives in order for those ties to continue contributing to the development of the Caribbean States.

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OAS Secretary General and President of the World Bank Group Discuss the Economic and Social Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean

April 23, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, today spoke on the “Economic and Social Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean,” at the 55th Lecture of the Americas, in which along with noting the progress made in development in the region in recent years, they offered their points of view on pending challenges and areas for improvement in the future.

Secretary General Insulza reiterated that one of the main challenges of the region is building more inclusive societies and reflected on what will be the central theme of the next General Assembly of the OAS, to be held in Paraguay in the first week of June – “Development with Social Inclusion” – asserting that an important step forward could be taken in this area. Upon recalling that the OAS General Assembly of 2012 approved the Social Charter of the Americas, he called for advances in the application of the Charter during the General Assembly of Asunción. “The theme of this year’s OAS General Assembly provides an impetus to complete and approve the Plan of Action of the Charter and make this instrument a powerful tool for sustainable and inclusive development.”

The OAS leader, on one hand, highlighted the economic growth of Latin America and the Caribbean in the last decade, which allowed for a 50 percent growth of the middle class, made up of some 150 million people, but also warned that despite this growth, Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be one of the most unequal regions in the world. “At the end of 2013, an estimated 164 million people in Latin America were living in poverty—almost 28% of the region’s population—while 66 million people or 11.5% were living in extreme poverty or indigence. These statistics are too high for a region with our level of development”, Secretary General Insulza remarked during the Lecture, held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

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OAS Secretary General met with the Secretary General of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History

March 24, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Secretary General of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (IPGH), Rodrigo Barriga Vargas, in his office in Washington, DC. 

Secretary General Insulza and Secretary General Barriga Vargas discussed the Inter-American agenda of both institutions, especially issues related to climate change, land use and management to natural disasters. 

The Pan American Institute of Geography and History was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest institutions of the Inter-American System headed by the OAS. Also, OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñonez, attended the meeting.

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OAS Secretary General Meets with Secretary General of SICA

February 28, 2014
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met in his office with the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Hugo Martinez, with whom he discussed options for cooperation between the two institutions especially in the areas of security and strengthening of human resources.

During the meeting, held at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC, Secretary General Insulza related to Secretary General Martínez the details of the debate he began, which is currently underway at the OAS on how best to define the priorities of the Organization. The discussion on "the Strategic Vision of the OAS," added the leader of the institution, includes key issues such as the promotion of development, education and institutional strengthening. In this regard, he highlighted the work that has been done in the Organization to expand and universalize the scholarship program and other virtual education initiatives and partnerships with countries and education centers.

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OAS and PAHO to offer scholarships to promote health and research issues in the Americas

February 12 , 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) signed an agreement to join forces to strengthen education and human development in the Americas through the joint promotion of scholarship opportunities for the citizens of the region in training programs designed to enhance health and the production of research on health issues.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed today at the headquarters of the OAS by the Director of the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Employment, Marie Levens, representing the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Assistant Director of PAHO, Francisco Becerra Posada, reaffirms the commitment of both institutions to recognize education as one of the determinants of health and to contribute to strengthening the technical and research abilities those working in the health field, including research in the area.

According to the document signed, the OAS and PAHO will provide scholarships for training, undergraduate, graduate programs, and/or research at universities or institutions of higher education. Studies may be in an online, on-site, or a mixture of the two.

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OAS and UNAIDS Cooperate to Make Progress on Issues of Human Rights and HIV/AIDS in the Americas

January 9 , 2014
Washington, DC

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the two institutions commit to working in coordination on activities aimed at the promotion and protection of the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, and implementation of prevention and education programs in the region.

At the signing ceremony, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the signing of the document takes place within the framework of the "Resolution on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of People Vulnerable to or Living With or Affected by HIV," which was adopted by the OAS General Assembly last June in Antigua, Guatemala, adding that this cooperation will create a working program that "would not be possible without the strong cooperation and support of UNAIDS."

The Secretary General also highlighted the progress made in the region in combating HIV/AIDS, saying that "we have managed to work in breaking the curve of growth of infection, in improving in matters of treatment, making medicine cheaper and more available to more people." He warned, however, that despite this progress, many challenges remain, among which he highlighted marginalization and discrimination. "This is a very important issue for our region and we hope to develop strong programs in coordination with you," he concluded.

For his part, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, said the agreement represents "a commitment to our people so that, through the joint work of our organizations, we can bring hope and address the social drivers of this virus." He added that "HIV is not just a disease, it is related to security issues, social justice, distribution and access to opportunities, and above all it is a problem that confronts us with social vulnerability, because it is directly related to human rights," explained the head of the UN agency.

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