Contributions 2008

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On November 19, 2008 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, joined OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, to sign the 2009 Operative Plan for the Spanish Fund of the OAS. For the 2009 fiscal year, the Spanish Government has generously reaffirmed its cooperation with the General Secretariat with a contribution to the Spanish Fund of US$13.5 million, an increase of over US$3 million from the previous year.

The Spanish Fund of the OAS, established in 2006, was designed to strengthen collaboration  between Spain and the OAS in the areas of democracy, security, human prosperity and integral development, as well as to support reinforcement of the institutional and human resources of the OAS General Secretariat. Contributions to the Spanish Fund are made annually to the General Secretariat, and are distributed to the various technical areas on the programmatic basis.  Photo Gallery

On November 3, 2008, OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, met with Italian Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Observer to the OAS, Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. Ambassador Castellaneta and Secretary General Insulza discussed Italy's ongoing collaboration with the Organization, including the country's continued commitment to the OAS Action Against Antipersonnel Mines Program (AICMA) through the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. The meeting between the two representatives took place just days following an announcement made by the Government of Italy to contribute over €200,000 to various OAS programs in the region.

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On August 3, the OAS received a contribution from the Government of Spain to the Spanish Fund, an account established in 2006 to finance projects of mutual interest, totaling US$5,490,800. These funds will go to finance various projects throughout the General Secretariat.

On September 24, the OAS received a contribution of US$1,234,521.00 by the Government of the Netherlands to finance the Misión de Apoyo de Paz en Colombia (MAPP). These funds will go to support the ongoing peace process in Colombia.

The Organization of American States received, on September 24, a generous donation by the Government of Spain totaling US$1,477,100.00 to the Misión de Apoyo de Paz en Colombia (MAPP) through the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions.

On September 10, the European Union gave to the OAS funds totaling US$492,809.40 to finance a program through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) on Improving Drug Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Harm Reduction. This project is a special European and Latin America and Caribbean cities partnership that seeks to address the global reach of drug abuse across the world.

The Organization of American States received, on August 29, a contribution from the Government of Sweden to finance a program through the Secretariat for Political Affairs entitled: "Support to Establish a National System of Judicial Facilitators in 73 Municipalities in Nicaragua." The funds donated total US$699,095.03.

On August 29, the United Kingdom donated a generous US$198,910.00 to the Peace Fund of the OAS. The Peace Fund is a fund that was established by the Organization to facilitate the speedy response to unforeseen crisis in the Americas that may result from territorial disputes between two or more Member States.

On August 29, the Netherlands offered a generous contribution of US$84,203.32 to the OAS to finance a program through the Inter-American Commission on Women on facilitating the Participation of Gender and Equality in Municipal Public Government in Nicaragua.

On August 18, the Organization of American States received a contribution from the Government of Italy for US$78,325.63. These funds will be directed to the Justice Studies Center of the Americas for a program on Best Practices for Investigating, Prosecuting and Punishing Homicide and Corruption in the Americas.

On August 14, the Department of International Affairs received from the Government of Italy a Verbal Note indicating a generous contribution of €37,000 (approximately US$55,021.07) to finance the project "Civil Registry Information Reconstruction and Registration of Populations Affected by the Internal Armed Conflict - Huancavelica, Peru."

On July 11, the OAS Inter-American Commission for Human Rights received a contribution from Luxembourg for the amount of US$70,979 to support human rights in the Caribbean. Luxembourg has been held the status of Permanent Observer to the OAS since February 2004.

On July 9, the Government of Italy announced a contribution to OAS Demining Programs in the Americas. Specifically, the 100,000 Euro donation will finance the ongoing demining and reconstruction efforts of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security in the Peru-Ecuador, Colombia and Nicaragua regions of Latin America.   Press Release

The OAS received on July 8, 2008 a donation from the Government of Germany for the amount of US$33,426.35 to be directed to the Secretariat for Political Affairs' Department for Electoral Observation and Cooperation. Specifically, the funds will go to the project "Strengthening of Electoral Management Bodies' Institutional Capacity." 

On July 7, 2008 the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security's Inter-American Drug Abuse Control  Commission received today a sum of US$62,212.44 from the Government of France. France has been a Permanent Observer to the OAS since September 1972.

On July 3, 2008, the People's Republic of China recently pledged a generous contribution of US$100,000 to fund projects on "Education for Children in Rural, Indigenous and Border Regions," to be implemented by the Department of Education and Culture, and the forthcoming publication entitled, "Sustainable Development in the Caribbean; Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities" to be issued by the Department of Sustainable Development and Environment. 
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On June 12, representatives from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany convened at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to sign an agreement marking German support to the Program for the Strengthening of Electoral Management Bodies' Institutional Capacity. The program operates through the OAS' Department for Cooperation and Electoral Observation.
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On June 1, 2008 the Government of Greece pledged US$40,000 to finance OAS programs in counternarcotics through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), which seeks to strengthen the human and institutional capabilities of the Member States to reduce the production, trafficking and use and abuse of drugs in the Americas.

On June 1, 2008 The Government of Spain generously contributed US$493,068 to finance the project Salud y Vida en las Américas (SAVIA), a three-year projects that seeks to provide direct support to local narcotics demand-reduction initiatives in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.  

On May 8, the Government of France announced a contribution to the Organization of American States totaling US$125,384.61 with the goal of supporting the work of the Organization in strengthening democracy and human rights in the Hemisphere. The funds will be used to aid the following programs:  

  • Support for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on its Activities in Haiti - Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) - US$60,000 
  • Course on Empowerment, HIV and violence against Women in the Caribbean - Comisión   Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM) - US$23,000
  • Strengthening Freedom of Expression in the Americas - Special Rapporteaur for Freedom of Expression, Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) - US$15,000
  • Working Group in charge of preparing the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Secretariat for Juridical Affairs - US$12,384
  • Support for the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism - Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) - US$10,000
  • Lecture Series of the Americas - Secretariat for External Relations, Department of International Affairs - US$5,000    

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On April 4, the Korean government announced a cash contribution to the OAS of    US$100,000.

  • The funds will support the following projects:
  • the MOAS in the Caribbean (US$21,000)
  • Project on Strengthening Access to Justice in the Americas 2008, (US$25,000);
  • Project on Empowerment, HIV and Violence against Women in the Caribbean (US$24,000);
  • and support for the activities of Paraguay Election Observers (US$30,000).  

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On March 13, the People's Republic of China announced a US$58,000 contribution to the OAS, to be distributed in the following manner:   

On January 22, Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, Permanent Observer of China to the OAS, presented OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza a donation of US$105,000 to finance a program run by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas and to upgrade resources of several OAS offices. Of that donation, $80,000 will go toward the purchasing of office equipment and $25,000 will help fund the Judicial Information System for the Americas Project.  
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