OAS :: SPA Newsletter
             Edition 2 – 2014     April - May - June
OAS to support first meeting of the presidents of legislative branches
hosted by the Peruvian Congress
The OAS will support the Congress of Peru in the organization of the First Inter-American Meeting of Presidents of the Legislative Branches, with the aim of contributing to the institutional modernization of legislatures and fostering cooperation. The meeting will be held July 17-18 in Lima. Read more...

Resolutions approved in the 44 Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly, Paraguay 2014 Registration for DGPE Virtual Courses now open OAS creates an Electoral International Accreditation Body
Six resolutions that reinforce the work of the SAP were passed in the General Assembly of the Organization. The resolutions are in the framework of the following thematic areas: The Peace Fund Mediation and Dialogue   Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas Inter American Cooperation Mechanism for Effective Public Management Registration is now open for the second semester of virtual courses through the DGPE’s Virtual Campus.
The range of courses includes e-Government, cadastre, and public management. The courses are aimed at strengthening the capacities of public officials throughout the Hemisphere.
On May 15th an International Electoral Accreditation Body was created within the OAS General Secretariat. The Electoral International Accreditation Body will oversee the certification of electoral bodies under the new ISO electoral standard.

OAS/DECO observed presidential elections in Colombia DSDSM/SPA works to strengthen the capacity of the OAS in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Secretary comments on the challenges faced by Costa Rica’s newly elected President
DECO deployed an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) in order to observe the first and second rounds of the presidential elections in Colombia. The EOM, headed by former Costa Rican President José María Figueres, were composed of international electoral experts and observers.
The DSDSM, in conjunction with the Coordinating Office for the Offices of the General Secretariat in Member States, organized a Training Workshop on Political Analysis and Conflict Management for OAS Representatives in the Caribbean from May 13-14 in Miami Secretary Casas-Zamora was featured in the April 2 edition of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor in which he addressed the variety of challenges faced by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, including building a majority in the legislature, ameliorating the investment climate, and reining in a deteriorating fiscal situation.

SPA organizes 58th OAS Policy Roundtable on the political implications of economic growth in LAC, 2014-19 Inter-American Prize for Innovation in Effective Public Management 2014, II Edition OAS/DECO deployed an Electoral Observation Mission in Antigua and Barbuda
During this high-level event held on May 20th, a keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Alejandro Werner of the IMF on the economic forecast for the region in the next 5 years. Experts Ines Bustillo (ECLAC) and Harold Trinkunas (Brookings) commented on the political and economic implications of the IMF’s economic projections.
The Department for Effective Public Management (DEPM) launched the “Inter-American Prize for Innovation in Effective Public Management-2014, II Edition,” in order to identify and award innovative experiences in public management in the Americas. Applications are open until July 31st.
OAS/DECO deployed an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for the elections held on June 12, 2014. The mission was led by Dr. Rosina Wiltshire and included 16 observers from 11 different countries.

DECO / OAS observed General Elections in Panama DECO/OAS observes the second round of elections in Costa Rica The OAS to support the Honduran Congress to promote institutional strengthening
DECO deployed an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for the General Elections held last May 4. The EOM, led by former deputy and former Peruvian congresswoman Lourdes Flores Nano, was composed of 56 international experts and observers.
EOM site
The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM), headed by former Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota, accompanied the first and second round of elections. The mission included 22 international election observers and specialists.
Through its Section for the Support of Representative Institutions, the OAS will support the National Congress of Honduras in strengthening dialogue and will provide training and technical assistance to its staff in areas such as parliamentarytransparency and accountability.

Video: Everybody has the right to a civil identity Secretary Casas-Zamora participates in XI OAS Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society OAS and Paraguayan Civil Service Secretariat Sign Cooperation Agreement
PUICA support has contributed to the registration of more than 215,000 births in 56 public hospitals in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Paraguay from 2008-2014. Birth registration in hospitals opens the door for citizens to exercise other rights.
Watch the video
Secretary Casas-Zamora gave remarks at the XI OAS Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society in a panel titled “The Impact of Extreme Poverty and Social Exclusion on Governance in the Hemisphere”. The event took place on April 24th, 2014, and was inaugurated by the Secretary General of the OAS.
The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and the head of the Civil Service Secretariat of Paraguay, Humberto Peralta, signed a cooperation agreement with the objective of consolidating the management system of the Paraguayan Civil Service Secretariat.

DEPM OAS organizes the IV Central American and Dominican Republic Forum: Transparency, Engagement, and Access to Public Procurement. Director of DECO participates in seminars on electoral observation and the electoral landscape of the region DEPM participates in the regional workshop for the construction of the Model Record Management in the Network of Transparency and Access to Information (RTA)
One of the highlights of the IV Forum was the launching of “The Citizen’s Observatory of Public Procurement” that placed an emphasis on citizen oversight commissions, 20 of which are currently functioning in the Americas.
Professor Monica Arruda de Almeida from Georgetown’s Center for Latin American Studies interviewed Dr. Casas-Zamora on his book, Dangerous Liasions. Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America and Beyond.
Listen to the interview.
The Director of DECO participated in two international conferences in Mexico City June 3-5 and 24-27 on the role of international electoral observation and challenges of the electoral landscape in the region.

DEPM participates in the regional workshop for the construction of the
Model Record Management in the Network of Transparency and Access to Information (RTA)

The meeting is part of a strategic and cooperative partnership between the RTA, CEDDET / Eurosocial and OAS to advance a regional framework on issues of record management and archives and, consequently, promote better access to information public in Latin America.

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