The OAS Policy Roundtable Series seeks to link the best in policy thinking to the actions of the OAS in its Permanent Council and General Secretariat through promoting an informed dialogue between policy analysts, practitioners and diplomats.
Using a variety of formats, including lectures, panels, debates and open discussions, the OAS Roundtables will also help to inform the community of policy analysts, especially in Washington, DC, about the on-going programs of the institution.
Six to eight OAS Roundtables are held per year and highlight issues of concern in the inter-American agenda on development, security, human rights and democracy.
Speakers in each of the Roundtables include outside analysts, senior OAS officials and dynamic commentators to promote a lively discussion.
Welcoming remarks by Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza (Spanish only)
49 OAS Policy Roundtable: "The Rights of Women: Form Law to Practice"
March 1st, 2013
48 OAS Policy Roundtable: Milestone and Challenges in the Advancement of the Rights of Afro-Descendants in the Americas”
February 25, 2013
47 OAS Policy Roundtable: "Challenges in the Protection of Human Rights
of Women living with HIV and AIDS”
November 28, 2012
Video (English and Spanish)
42 OAS Policy Roundtable: “Priorities for action in combating violence
against women” - Launch of the Second Hemisphere Report on the
Implementation of the Belém Do Pará Convention
July 11, 3:00pm
PowerPoint Presentation by Leticia Guelfi, Programme Specialist at the Americas Division in UN Women, New York (Spanish)
Talking points by Patricia Olamendi, Coordinator of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) Committee of Experts (Spanish)
Presentation by Diego Pacheco, Coordinator of the 42nd OAS General Assembly to be held in Bolivia, in June, 2012
Presentation by Gemmo Lodesanni, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Food Programme (WFP)
Presentation by Gina Tambini, Area Manager of Family and Community Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO)
Presentation by Florence Rolle, Director, Liaison Office for North America, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
OAS Policy Breakfast: “(In)security and Democracy in Latin America and the
February 15, 8:30 am 2012
Presentation of the Report by Kevin Casas, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Interim Director of the Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution
Remarks by Ambassador Javier Sancho, Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS
35 OAS Policy Roundtable: The Road to Cartagena: Hemispheric
Cooperation to Reduce Poverty and Inequality
November 4, 2011 (for R.S.V.P click here)
34 OAS Policy Roundtable: To Celebrate the Inter-American
Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Day 2011:
“The Impact of Youth and Innovation in Agriculture in Latin America and
November 2, 2011
Bios of the speakers English
Remarks by Victoria Abalo, Outreach Specialist, Department of International Affairs (DIA), OAS on behalf of Irene Klinger, Director of DIA
Remarks by David Hatch, IICA Representative in the U.S.
Remarks by Gustavo Manrique, President, SAMBITO, S.A
Remarks by Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean
Talking points Ministro Carlos Alberto Villalba, Vice President and Coordinator of the White Helmet Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina (Spanish)
Presentation by Jean-Luc Poncelet, PAHO/WHO Area Manager in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief for Latin America and the Caribbean
Presentation by Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
Speech by Heraldo Muñoz, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP
Presentation by Juan Manuel Sotelo, Manager of the External Relations, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, PAHO
On February 18, the Department of International Affairs invited the Ambassador of India to the United States, and Permanent Observer to the OAS, Her Excellency Ambassador Meera Shankar, to host an Ambassador's Policy Breakfast with the Permanent Representatives of the OAS Member States. Ambassador Shankar spoke on India's foreign policy objectives and perspectives toward Latin America and the Caribbean, and addressed questions from the representatives of OAS Member States.
OAS Policy Roundtable #19:
“Challenges and Future of the Inter-American System
on Human Rights"
November 11, 2009
OAS Policy Roundtable #18:
to live together: Fostering integration, tolerance and diversity in the
September 11, 2009 - 3:00pm
OAS Policy Roundtable #17: “Corporate Social Responsibility in a Time of Crisis”
September 1, 2009 - 10:30 AM
OAS Policy Roundtable #16: Post summit briefing:
"A New Beginning in Inter-American Relations?”
May 1st, 2009 - 10:00 - 12:00 pm
OAS Policy Roundtable #15: Latin American economic Outlook 2009
Presentation of the Latin American Economic Outlook Report 2009
March 24, 2009 - 3:30 - 5:15pm
OAS Policy Roundtable #14: The Financial Crisis, A Challenge to Democracy?
Presentation of the Latinobarometro Report 2008
February 26, 2009 - 3:30 - 4:30pm
OAS Policy Roundtable #12 in preparation for
Fifth Summit of
the Americas: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in the Americas
February 17, 2009 - 3:00 - 5:00pm
OAS Policy Roundtable #11 in preparation for
Fifth Aummit of
the Americas: Youth, Decent Work and Human Prosperity in the Americas
co-sponsored by the international labor organization (ILO)
November 5, 2008 - 2:30 - 5:00pm
On March 6, 2007, the OAS held the Second OAS Policy Roundtable “International Law: the US Perspective.” OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza opened the discussion by making general comments on the international legal system and by introducing the guest speaker, John B. Bellinger III, Legal Adviser to the United States Secretary of State. Mr. Bellinger centered his speech on the country’s commitment to the rule of law. The roundtable concluded with a question and answer session, moderated by Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations.
Mr. Bellinger highlighted the U.S. commitment to international with a number of recent examples, including a discussion of US efforts to comply with a recent decision of the International Court of Justice on consular notification under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Mr. Bellinger discussed the position of the United States with respect to the International Criminal Court (ICC), stating that the Rome Statute contained a number of serious flaws while stressing that the United States respected the rights of other states to become parties to the Rome Statute. Mr. Bellinger emphasized that the U.S. shared with parties to the Rome Statute a commitment to prevent genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and noted US support of international criminal tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Mr. Bellinger discussed “the global war on terror” and explained that this phrase is not intended to be a legal statement. He reiterated that the U.S. does not believe that it is engaged in a legal state of armed conflict at all times with every terrorist group in the world or that military force is the appropriate response in every terrorist threat across the globe. He noted that the U.S. would continue to rely on other tools, including law enforcement mechanisms, particularly in countries with functioning judicial systems. Mr. Bellinger discussed the status of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, stating that the U.S. had developed specific rules and regulations governing the detention, interrogation and trial of unlawful enemy combatants in the Military Commissions Act and recent Department of Defense directives. Mr. Bellinger also discussed the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, noting that the U.S. took the work of the Commission seriously and regularly participates in Commission’s activities, filing detailed briefs in U.S. cases and sending large delegations to Commission hearings.
OAS Policy Roundtable: Surveying the Americas: Indicators and Perceptions
January 30 - 3:00pm.