OAS Secretary General Designates Roberto Menéndez as New Chief of Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, designated the Argentine lawyer Roberto Menéndez as the new Chief of the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS), a position he will assume on September 16, 2013. Read more...

The State of Democracy in the Americas: the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Review DECO/SPA meets with the Inter-American Electoral Jurisprudence Working Group DEPM/SPA and National Registry of Guatemala Sign Cooperation Agreement
The SPA and the Secretariat for External Relations organized on July 15-16 the Workshop “The State of Democracy in the Americas: the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Review” aimed at promoting a better understanding of the role of the OAS. Read more... Two publications systematizing judicial sentences on electoral matters were presented during the meeting in Costa Rica. Additionally, the President of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, Dr. Erasmo Pinilla Escudero, was elected president of the working Group. Read the Document... The OAS and the National Registry of Persons (RENAP) of Guatemala today extended their partnership with the signing of a technical cooperation agreement aimed at removing barriers to the effective registration of people who lack identity documents in the Central American country.

Workshop with parliamentarians concludes in El Salvador
SPA launches Resources site
To encourage information analysis and knowledge exchange, the SPA offers an essential collection of resources available in digital format. The compilation includes an Hemispheric electoral calendar, publications, among others. Visit the site
Costa Rica will offer electronic voting for citizens living abroad
On July 23rd the Secretariat for Political Affairs and the Secretariat for Integral Development carried out a Workshop with parliamentarians of El Salvador to generate spaces for open dialogue for the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. DECO/SPA deployed a mission to support the development of an electronic voting system that will be implemented in the consulates during the presidential elections of 2014. It will be the first time Costa Ricans will be able to vote abroad.

DEPM/SPA and ESAP of Colombia Sign an Agreement to Promote Effective Public Management DECO supports institutional strengthening of electoral authorities in Peru and Ecuador Young leaders discussed the role of Legislative Institutions in Development
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Escuela Superior de Administración Pública of Colombia (ESAP) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement to facilitate the exchange of experiences as well as promoting the education, training and research of leaders and public managers in the region. Read more... DECO/SPA is carrying out an assessment for the potential implementation of quality management and certification systems supported by ISO standards in the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) in Lima and in the National Electoral Council in Quito. The SPA and the Andean Parliament hold a high-level conference entitled “Meeting of Young Legislators, Entrepreneurs and Civil Society of the Americas: The Role of Legislative Institutions in Development” on July 31, in Bogota, Colombia.

Presentation of MuNet achievements in Patzun, Guatemala PAHO and OAS join forces to promote the right to health in the Americas DEPM signed an agreement with the city of Aiquile, Bolivia to strengthen their cadastral capacities
Among their achievements, Mayor Mardoqueo Cancax Sacach highlighted the improvement of IT equipment, the training of public employees, increased transparency, and the availability of social networks that enabled new participation channels for citizens. Read more... SPA and PAHO conducted the online course “The Right to Health and Parliamentary Activity in Latin America”, which recognized best practices in health policy, and in related legislative processes around it. A total of 65 students from 15 countries participated. The agreement contemplates diverse activities, such as a workshop on cadastral modernization, an OAS-certified in-situ training, and the elaboration of a cadastral diagnosis with the corresponding recomendations Read more...

DEPM Visits the Ministry of Public Administration of the Dominican Republic  

In case you missed it...

DEPM is working along with the Ministry of Public Administration and Public Health to improve the hospital management of health centers in the country.
The audio of the roundtable: “New Power Balance in America Latina: Tendencies”, in which Arturo Sarukhan, Laurence Whitehead and Dan Restrepo participated is now available here:
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Also, you can now check out the video of the International Seminar on Municipal Management Modernization held in Jalisco, Mexico.
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