The status of Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States was
established by the
General Assembly at its first regular session, held in San José, Costa Rica,
in 1971 [AG/RES. 50 (I-O/71)]. Permanent observers participate in the
Organization’s activities and contribute to its programs.
February 6, 2014 -
OAS AND FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA ANNOUNCE
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today announced that they will be offering 15 scholarships for students of the Americas to study in the University for Information Science and Technology St. Paul the Apostle, in the city of Ohrid.
During a meeting at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington, DC, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of the offer, which in his opinion "will not only contribute to and enhance this well established program, but will also open new paths for students from the Americas to engage with your country and the Balkans, and as such further strengthen the integration efforts of our regions.” Secretary General Insulza added that "the OAS places a strong emphasis on the pillar of integral development, which includes the development of our most precious resource, our people."
The Permanent Observer of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the OAS, Zoran Jolevski, explained that the program will offer 15 scholarships each year for five years to study any undergraduate degree program offered by the University. Ambassador Jolevski explained that for his country, the scholarships represent an opportunity to get to know and better understand the citizens of the Americas, and to help them get to know his country. The scholarships, which will form part of the OAS Academic Scholarship Program, will cover full tuition, visa fees, travel, accommodation, health insurance and a monthly stipend. Classes will be taught in English
February 4, 2014 – OAS SECRETARY GENERAL MEETS WITH THE DIRECTOR FOR THE AMERICAS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met with the Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service of the European Union, Christian Leffler, at OAS headquarters in Washington DC. During the meeting, Secretary General Insulza and Managing Director Leffler discussed the current political and economic situation in the region, as well as human rights, regional alliances and the agenda of the next OAS General Assembly, to be held in Asunción, Paraguay.
They also talked about the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas, as well as issues related to the security situation in Central America, the progress in the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP-OEA), and the negotiations for peace in the South American country.
January 31, 2014 –PERMANENT COUNCIL GRANTS MONTENEGRO AND THE PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN THE STATUS OF PERMANENT OBSERVER TO THE OAS
The Permanent Council approved the requests by the Governments of Montenegro and the Principality of Liechtenstein to be granted Permanent Observer status to the Organization of American States (OAS) during its regular meeting today.
The addition of these two countries brings the total number to 70 Permanent Observers to the OAS. The OAS General Assembly established the status of Permanent Observer in 1971 through resolution AG/RES. 50 (I-O/71) with a view to provide a way for non-OAS Member States to follow OAS activities, attend the meetings of the Organization’s political organs and provide cooperation for its programs. Permanent Observers attend meetings of the General Assembly and Permanent Council and of their principal committees. They also receive the documents and publications of the Organization and are invited to attend specialized conferences and other meetings convoked by the OAS. The Permanent Observers provide cooperation, in the form of training opportunities, expert services, equipment, and cash contributions for various OAS programs.
January 14, 2014 – SECRETARY GENERAL RECEIVES PRESIDENT OF SPAIN
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the President of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.
Secretary General Insulza and the President Rajoy discussed the current global political situation and relations between Latin America and Europe, analyzed the political and economic situation in Latin America and the Caribbean, trade negotiations between North America and the United States, and the peace process in Colombia. The OAS leader and the head of the Spanish government also reviewed aspects of the progress made in regional integration alliances in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the economic challenges the region will face during 2014.
President Rajoy gave details to the Secretary General Insulza on the recovery in Spain, where the economy has returned to growth after a recession, and about reforms his government undertook to tackle the crisis. "Nobody talks about the euro crisis and bailouts in Europe anymore," said the OAS Secretary General after the meeting.
The OAS Secretary General was accompanied by the Chair of the Permanent Council and Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the OAS, Pedro Vergés; his Chief of Staff, Hugo de Zela; and the OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñonez. President Rajoy attended the meeting with the Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS, Jorge Hevia; the Chief of Staff of the President of Spain, Jorge Moragas; the Director of the Department of International Politics and Security, Ildefonso Castro López; the Presidential Adviser on International Affairs to the President, María Benasach; and the Director of the Department of Protocol of the President, Bernardo de Sicart Escoda.