Permanent Observers and the OASPermanent Observers are vital partners in carrying out the OAS mission by providing support to key programs and by linking the Americas to the global community. Through their participation at the OAS, Observer countries further the efforts of the Organization to strengthen democracy, defend human rights, promote access to justice, ensure a multidimensional approach to security, and foster integral development.

OAS Permanent Observers have access to a diverse, multilateral diplomatic forum and contribute to the rich dialogue on international topics. OAS cooperation with Permanent Observers includes: financial contributions dedicated to particular projects and priority areas; technical assistance, professional training opportunities, and sharing of best practices; as well as academic scholarships. Through these methods, Permanent Observers contributed US $21 million in financial and in-kind contributions to OAS priority programs in 2019.