About the Secretariat


The mission of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) is to promote and coordinate cooperation among the OAS member states and between them and the inter-American system and other bodies in the international system, in order to assess, prevent, confront, and respond effectively to threats to security, with a view to being the leading point of reference in the Hemisphere for developing cooperation and capacity-building in the OAS member states.

The sphere of activity of the SMS is defined by the Declaration on Security in the Americas and its new concept of hemispheric security as being multidimensional and comprising traditional threats and new threats, concerns, and challenges to the security of the states of the Hemisphere.

The SMS is composed of the Executive Office of the Secretary for Multidimensional Security and the following dependencies:

  1. The Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, at the department level (ES/CICAD);
  2. The Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, at the department level (S/CICTE);
  3. The Department of Public Security (DPS); and
  4. The Department against Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC)

updated on 10/15/2019 10:28:41 AM