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El Secretario General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos participó en el Debate General del 68º Periodo de Sesiones de la Asamblea General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas

23-26 de septiembre de 2013
New York City

El Secretario General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, participó en el Debate General del 68º Período de Sesiones de la Asamblea General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), celebrado en la sede principal de la ONU en la ciudad de Nueva York del 23 al 26 de septiembre de 2013.
Durante la Asamblea General, el Secretario General sostuvo reuniones con Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno y Cancilleres de varios Estados Miembros de la OEA, así como con Irwin LaRocque, Secretario General de la Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM); Heraldo Muñoz, Director Regional del Despacho para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD); y con Óscar Fernández-Taranco, Subsecretario General de Asuntos Políticos de la ONU.
En dichas reuniones, el Secretario General Insulza destacó la presentación del Informe sobre el Problema de las Drogas en las Américas, elaborado por la OEA, así como temas prioritarios de la agenda interamericana, tales como la promoción de la democracia, la protección de los derechos humanos, el fortalecimiento de la seguridad multidimensional y el fomento del desarrollo integral.
Mayor información está disponible en los siguientes comunicados de prensa publicados por la OEA:

Secretario General de la OEA se reunió con Presidenta de Costa Rica
Presidente de Guatemala destaca impulso de la OEA al debate hemisférico sobre drogas
Secretario General de la OEA se reunió con el Presidente de Paraguay
Secretario General se reunió con el Presidente de Guyana
Secretario General Insulza mantuvo encuentro con el Primer Ministro de Antigua y Barbuda
Secretario General se reunió con la Canciller de Colombia
Secretario General de la OEA se reunió con Canciller de El Salvador
Secretario General se reunió con Canciller de Panamá
Secretario General se reunió con la Canciller de Perú
Secretario General de la OEA se reunió con el Canciller de Surinam
Secretario General Insulza se reúne con Secretario General del CARICOM
Secretario General de la OEA se reunió con el Secretario General Adjunto para Asuntos Políticos de Naciones Unidas
Secretario General participa en reunión sobre Haití

OAS Secretary General and President of the United Nations General Assembly co-host UN Thematic Debate on Inequality

July 8, 2013
New York City

The Secretary-General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza and the President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Vuk Jeremic, co-hosted an all-day Thematic Debate on Inequality at the United Nations headquarters. In his opening address, Secretary-General Insulza called for a renewed effort to focus not only on reducing poverty, but also on narrowing the gap between the wealthiest and the most underprivileged, which also fuels political and social unrest.

Secretary-General Insulza pointed out that “if we project the figures from the last few years, the goal to finally eliminate worldwide poverty seems to be within our reach, but the gap between the richest and the rest of society will persist or even grow.”

For his part, the UNGA President, Vuk Jeremic, stated that “just as the effects of climate change can only be confronted by the international community acting in concert, so the myriad challenges posed by inequality can only be met by nations coming together to address them with the sense of urgency they deserve.”

In this same manner, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the destructive role of economic inequalities in the social fabric, as they undermine social cohesion and prevent nations from thriving; therefore, “tackling inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity must be at the heart of the UN sustainable agenda.”

The keynote addresses were followed by interventions from high-level officials from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guyana, H.E. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, and the Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Radmila Mitrovic.

The Thematic Debate on Inequality brought together representatives from civil society, regional organizations, youth and inter-governmental agencies from around the world in a space for sharing experiences and concerns and moving forward together in the fight against inequality.

Remarks by HE Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
Opening Remarks by HE Mr. José Miguel Insulza
Opening Remarks by HE Mr. Vuk Jeremic
Statement by HE Mrs. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guyana
Statement by HE Ms. Radmila Mitrovic, Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Statement by HE Mr. Marten Grunditz, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations
Statement of Ms. Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary

OAS Secretary General Presents Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas at CARICOM Meeting

June 5, 2013
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, presented the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas to the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The Secretary General also delivered a copy to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who currently holds the Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. The Report was produced by the hemispheric Organization under Secretary General Insulza’s supervision, pursuant to a mandate from the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

The document is divided into two parts; the Analytical Report, which consists of a study of drug use, production, transit, and trafficking and of the scope of the drug business, as well as an examination of the public policies adopted to address the problems of public health, illegality, and violence that they create.

The second part of the document is a Scenarios Report, which studies four possible versions of what the Drug Problem in the Americas might look like in the future. Three of the four scenarios—“Together”, “Pathways” and “Resilience”—describe different future alternatives, depending on whether the focus is on institution building, experimentation with legal changes, or the community’s capacity to respond to the problem. The fourth, “Disruption”, alerts us to what could happen if we are incapable to join forces to address the problem.

Within the framework of the CARICOM meeting, which he has attended each year since taking office in 2005, Secretary General Insulza met with several Caribbean leaders, among them the Prime Ministers of The Bahamas, H.E. Perry Christie, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, H.E. Denzil Douglas.

OAS Secretary General meets with President of the United Nations General Assembly

June 4, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met with the President of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), Vuk Jeremic, with whom he spoke about the role of international agencies in promoting sustainable development.

At the meeting, which took place within the framework of the during the 43 OAS General Assembly, in Antigua, Guatemala, Secretary General Insulza thanked former minister Jeremic for the commitment he had shown toward supporting the activities of the OAS through his uninterrupted attendance at the last seven meetings of the hemispheric body.

In turn, President Jeremic extended an invitation for Secretary General Insulza "to provide a Latin American perspective" during the debate on sustainable development that is to take place at the UN General Assembly in New York City next September.

OAS participates in Third High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy

May 27-28

Brussels, Belgium

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin represented the Organization in the Third High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy, held in Brussels, Belgium under the theme “Upholding and Strengthening the Rule of Law in our Regions”.

The Meeting -organized by International IDEA – was attended by the leaders of the world’s major regional organizations, namely the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the League of Arab States, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the OAS and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in addition to the European Commission which hosted the meeting.

“Today's Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy is an excellent example of political dialogue among regional and international organizations for democracy building processes” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in his welcoming remarks.

The Meeting recognized that the Rule of Law implies that all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to just, fair and equitable laws and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. It further recognized efforts by the OAS to implement the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the continued advancement of the Inter-American Human Rights System, and the achievements of the OAS in the field of regional legal cooperation.

Ambassador Ramdin also called for regional organizations to work together and share experiences and best practices in order to support to their Member States in their efforts to draft legislation that is responsive to the needs of today’s world, as well as to help them increase their capacity to provide innovative strategies for equitable access to justice.  

The Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy is a platform for engagement among regional organizations on democracy and related issues based on the belief that that the individual and joint experiences of the Regional Organizations constitute a unique and valuable resource that needs to be further harnessed,  taking into account the differences in mandates, context, character and capacity among the organizations. It was officially launched at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC on April 15, 2011.

OAS Participates in the Alliance of Civilizations’ Group of Friends Meeting

May 13, 2013

New York, NY

A delegation of the OAS participated in the meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations, held at UN Headquarters in New York. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon underscored the importance of the six-year old intercultural Alliance amid a fast-changing global backdrop of demographic changes and technological advancements.

“At a time of tension, mistrust, and violence between communities, we knew that we needed a forum for listening: listening to the concerns, hopes and aspirations of people on all sides, and then, galvanizing them to work together on shared challenges,” Mr. Ban told the gathered delegates.

He added that the creation of the Alliance in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, and under UN auspices, established a much-needed forum where civil society, governments and the private sector could learn from each other and “stand up for tolerance and inclusivity and against extremism and polarization.”

“We have created a globally recognized initiative that now attracts thousands to its annual meetings, engages millions around the world through its social media campaigns, and directly benefits young people by empowering them through youth-led projects”. However, Mr. Ban noted, the Alliance’s past successes did not exclude it from future improvements.

“How do we strengthen the Alliance’s ability to act where others do not or cannot on their own?” he asked before stating that now was “the moment to refine and enhance” the Alliance’s efforts.

In his address to the meeting, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance, similarly highlighted the initiative’s role in uniting cross-cultural communities despite pervasive economic and social difficulties the world over.

“This is a testing time for the international community. We face urgent political challenges, from Africa to the Middle East to the Asia Pacific Region. We also face serious development challenges, from the aftermath of the economic crisis to climate change,” cautioned Mr. Al-Nasser.

“At such times, we need to pull together, showing that multilateralism can serve people in a meaningful way as stipulated in the UN Charter,” he continued.

The meeting was attended by delegations from the countries and organizations around the worlds that are part of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations.

OAS Signs Cooperation Agreement with IICA

May 1, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Victor Villalobos, a cooperation agreement between the two organizations.

Following the initialing of the agreement, Secretary General Insulza said the document "will allow us to move towards a more fluid dialogue, a more coordinated exchange of experiences and information and the development of the synergies necessary to achieve our goals."

"Many times when we speak of agriculture, we speak of commodities," said Secretary General Insulza. "I would say that agricultural products require much greater economic development, much greater competitiveness, greater production with higher quality, and continuous improvement in nutritional status, and therefore we have a tremendous task ahead of us," added the leader of the hemispheric organization.

The future of agriculture in the region, said the Secretary General, depends in large part on improving conditions "in technology, irrigation, information, marketing, increasing our productivity and competitiveness and improving living conditions in rural areas." "Those are the challenges," concluded Secretary General Insulza," and I am very pleased with this agreement."

For his part, Director General Villalobos said that the agreement "strengthens this already close and complementary relationship with our mother organization.” He highlighted the commitment of IICA "to continue working in our trench, which is agriculture, the basis of nutrition." He indicated that agriculture "is part of the most important activity undertaken by human beings."

"I would like to thank the OAS, on behalf of all farmers and the staff of IICA and myself, for this relationship, and for this welcome which has made IICA what it is today, after 70 years," concluded Director General Villalobos.

UNESCO Director-General participates in OAS Lecture Series of the Americas

April 19, 2013
Washington, DC

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova joined the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza for a discussion on education policy in the Americas at the 51st OAS Lecture Series. , today called for a "new effort" to improve the quality of education in the Americas entitled "Promoting Human Development and Quality Education in the Americas".

In his opening remarks at the event, the Secretary General Insulza said, regarding the issues of education and human development, "we have worked intensely on them, but we must be able to evaluate our results and prepare for the next push, the next effort to substantially improve the quality of education at all levels" in the region.

Secretary General Insulza recalled that the OAS has a long history of working together with UNESCO on various issues, "including the Educational Portal of the Americas, the scientific developments in our programs of Water Resources; the use of mobile technologies, and issues related to the Haitian diaspora, among others." He acknowledged that major challenges remain to quality education in the region, but said that "this is a priority for our organization."

For her part, the Director-General of UNESCO stressed that “education today remains our foremost priority. It is the center of our fight for human rights, human dignity and human security. Education drives development and prosperity. So rights, security and prosperity, these are the overarching goals of the OAS and are also in UNESCO´s DNA.”

“The world is changing,” said the senior UN official, “the 21st century will be built on knowledge societies, that are inclusive and that harness the full power of science technology and innovation. Not investing in education jeopardizes the future of people and of nations,” she said.

Before the event, Secretary General Insulza met privately with the UNESCO Director-General at the headquarters of the OAS General Secretariat in Washington, DC. They discussed the challenges to improving the quality of education in the region, and the roles of their organizations in achieving that goal.

OAS reinforces cooperation with UNAIDS

April 17, 2013
Washington, DC

The Secretary General of the OAS met with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé to discuss the state of cooperation between both organizations, the state of democracy in the Americas and discuss possible activities that the OAS and UNAIDS may undertake in the near future to support international efforts to fight the spread of HIV and promote affordable access to treatment.

During the meeting, Executive Director Sidibé updated Secretary General Insulza on the work of UNAIDS, the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza gave an overview of the efforts that OAS has undertaken through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding HIV-AIDS education.

Both leaders agreed on the need to strengthen ties and identify specific areas for cooperation and develop a plan of action within the next few months, incorporating a gender perspective as a cross-cutting issue.

OAS Participates in Working Group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

April 12, 2013
New York, NY

The Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the twenty-third session of the Working Group VI (Security Interests) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) held at the New York headquarters from 8 to 12 April 2013.

As part of the OAS/CIDA Cooperation Plan for 2012-2015, the Department of International Law is in charge of the OAS Secured Transactions Project aimed at implementing secured transactions reform, based on the Model Inter-American Law on Secured Transactions, its Model Registry Regulations and other international instruments on the topic.

The participation of the OAS in these meetings built on increased awareness of the crucial role played by secured transactions reform in the promotion of equitable access to credit in Latin American and Caribbean countries and to address the need for building capacity in OAS Member States to adopt and implement international instruments on the topic.

La Francophonie at the OAS Permanent Council

April 10, 2013
Washington, DC

The Permanent Representative of the Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie to the United Nations, Ambassador Filippe Savadogo addressed the Permanent Council of the OAS as part of the day-long celebration of French language and culture.

In his address, Ambassador Savadogo reflected on the importance of the cooperation between both organizations, and how joint work will create better opportunities for the progress in the region. The Ambassador expressed his gratitude on behalf of the OIF to the OAS for promoted the International month of the Francophonie.

“The IOF and the OAS shared many common goals; both organisms signed on September 27, 2012 in New York a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their relations. The areas of cooperation identified in the framework agreement highlight the Francophonie’s role in service of peace, democracy, strengthening the rule of law, respect for human rights and conflict prevention and human security” said Ambassador Savadogo.

The OIF Representative also emphasized in the significance of diversity and culture as key factors for development, highlighting cultural values as a vehicle to promote peace, development, promotion of democracy and human rights.

Ambassador Savadogo’s presentation was followed by a reception hosted by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, St. Lucia and the Permanent Observer Mission of France to the OAS.

OAS Participates in Consultation/Workshop on the African Union Diaspora Flagship Legacy Projects

March 25, 2013
Washington, DC

The OAS, represented by the Director of the Department of International Affairs, Mr. Jorge Sanín, participated in the Consultation/Workshop on the African Union Diaspora Flagship Legacy Projects co-organized by the African Union Commission and the World Bank.

The Workshop is one of many follow-up activities to the first African Global Diaspora Summit held in Sandton, South Africa on 25 May 2012, which ended with the adoption of a Declaration that would serve as the fundamental law of the African Union Diaspora Program.

Mr. Sanin spoke about the experience of the OAS working with the Haitian diaspora in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12, 2010, mobilizing the Haitian Diaspora. He recalled that the OAS convened the Haitian Diaspora Forum at the Headquarters of the Organization on March 22-23, 2010 in an effort to support the Diaspora as it strove to coordinate and channel its capacities and resources for the rebuilding of their homeland.

Talking about lessons learned from the Haitian Diaspora Forum, he stressed the need for re-directing remittances into investment for development, allowing Diaspora to retain their citizenship, and creating the mechanisms that allow for the validation of foreign credentials, thus allowing for an easier flow of skilled professionals who may wish to return to their home country to use their skills.

The OAS General Assembly adopted Resolution AG/RES. 2419 on June 3, 2008, calling for deeper cooperation between the African Union and the OAS, in particular on areas of common interest to “include inter alia democracy promotion”. This framework document became the Memorandum of Understanding between the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States and the Commission of the African Union signed on October 1, 2009.

President of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

February 26, 2013
Washington, DC

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza met with the head of Interpol, Ms. Ballestrazi to explore possibilities for cooperation to build upon the existing agreement between the OAS and Interpol, dated May 2, 2000, which enables the parties to jointly benefit from closer collaboration for the prevention and suppression of crime, including but not limited to corruption, terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, illicit firearms trafficking, economic crimes, and fraud.

During the meeting, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the work of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) to prevent attacks and protect the people of the Americas, as well as the Organization’s multidimensional approach to security. The Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Ambassador Adam Blackwell, was also present to further explain ongoing initiatives of the OAS.

For her part, President Ballestrazzi highlighted how Interpol approaches the challenges posed by the threat of terrorism and organized crime, and how Interpol is working on these topics around the region. And expressed a great interest in the region’s efforts to curb the flow and consumption of illegal drugs as well as the resulting violence and criminal activities, such as money laundering.

With 190 member countries, INTERPOL is the largest international police organization, and its role is to support and assist all organizations, authorities and services to prevent or combat international crime.

OAS Secretary General Participates in Meeting of the Informal Advisory Panel of the President of the 67th United Nations General Assembly

February 21-22, 2013
Paris, France

The Secretary General of the OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated in the High Level Meeting of the Informal Advisory Panel of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, convened by the President of the General Assembly and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Vuk Jeremic, under the theme “The Future of the United Nations in a Challenging World”.

Other notable participants included former Swiss President and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, and the former Foreign Ministers of Spain, Indonesia, and Kuwait, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Hassan Wirajuda and Mohammed Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, respectively.

The members of the Informal Advisory Panel discussed the contemporary global challenges facing the UN as well as the role of the United Nations in setting and supporting the global development agenda, the institutional reform of the UN and budgetary matters.

Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, se reúne con el Secretario General de la OEA y con el Consejo Permanente de la OEA

13 de febrero de 2013
Washington, DC

El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Ban Ki-moon, realizó una visita a la sede de la OEA para reunirse con el Secretario General de la OEA, José Miguel Insulza, y para dirigirse al Consejo Permanente de la OEA.

Durante la reunión, los dos líderes discutieron el contexto político en América Latina y el Caribe, con especial énfasis en la situación de Haití, donde la OEA, a través de su representante, y la ONU, a través de la Misión de Estabilización de las Naciones Unidas en Haití (MINUSTAH), trabajan en estrecha colaboración. Los dos líderes también hablaron sobre el papel de la OEA en Colombia a través de la Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz (MAPP / OEA), las políticas de integración en las diferentes subregiones del hemisferio y cuestiones relacionadas con la migración hemisférica.

El Secretario General Insulza actualizó al Secretario General Ban Ki-moon, sobre los progresos realizados en el Informe sobre el problema de las drogas encargado por los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de la región en la Cumbre de las Américas de 2012. El Secretario General de la ONU mostró un especial interés en los procesos electorales en curso en la región.

La reunión fue seguida por una sesión protocolar del Consejo Permanente de la OEA, donde se dirigió a los Representantes Permanentes de los Estados Miembros de la OEA, así como funcionarios de la OEA e invitados especiales de la comunidad diplomática. En sus palabras de bienvenida, el Secretario General Insulza recordó que el continente americano y las Naciones Unidas han "forjado lazos de cooperación profundos y amplios, colaboración a un nivel sin precedentes de que se remonta a su creación. Nuestra región, uno de los pioneros del multilateralismo, no dudó en apoyar el nuevo sistema internacional que surgió en la Conferencia de San Francisco en 1945. De los 50 Estados Miembros fundadores de las Naciones Unidas, 22 son de las Américas y son Miembros de esta Organización".

Por su parte, el Secretario General de la ONU reconoció a la OEA como organización regional más antigua del mundo y destacó la importancia de una asociación aún más estratégica entre nosotros, declarándose convencido "de que las Naciones Unidas pueden desempeñar un papel más importante en su región - al igual que su región puede desempeñar un papel cada vez más importante en la ONU. Este es el momento adecuado. Ustedes tiene experiencias para compartir... ideas para difundir... energía para ayudar al combustible de soluciones globales".

La sesión protocolar fue seguida por un almuerzo privado para la delegación de las Naciones Unidas, organizado por el Secretario General de la OEA.

Secretario General José Miguel Insulza se reúne con Nueva Directora de la OPS, Dra. Carissa Etienne

7 de febrero de 2013
Washington, DC

El Secretario General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos, José Miguel Insulza hizo una visita a la sede de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) para reunirse con su nueva Directora, la Dra. Carissa Etienne, y le deseó lo mejor mientras enfrenta los numerosos desafíos de su nuevo rol.

El Secretario General Insulza y la Directora Etienne discutieron la labor conjunta de la OEA y la OPS, sobre todo en el Grupo de Amigos de Haití; el uso de las TIC para mejorar la salud; el abuso de drogas; las cuestiones de género; el bienestar infantil; y la agricultura y la salud rural. El Secretario General destacó la labor de la OPS en su estrategia regional para el control de las enfermedades no contagiosas.

El encuentro también incluyó una discusión del valioso aporte que la OPS ha proporcionado a la OEA para la preparación del Informe sobre el Problema de las Drogas en las Américas, que la OEA está preparando en respuesta a un mandato de la VI Cumbre de las Américas, que se llevó a cabo en abril de 2012, en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

La Dra. Etienne fue elegida Directora de la OPS en la 28ª Conferencia Sanitaria Panamericana en 2012, su mandato se desarrollará del 1 de febrero 2013 al 1 de febrero de 2018.

“De Nuestros Corazones para las Américas": La OEA Organiza Exposición Fotográfica Mostrando la Labor Humanitaria de la Soberana Orden de Malta en las Américas

23 de enero de 2013
Washington, DC

La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) en colaboración con la Soberana Orden Militar y Hospitalaria de San Juan de Jerusalén de Rodas y de Malta organizó la exposición de fotográfica "De Nuestros Corazones para las Américas", seguida de una recepción el 23 de enero en el Salón de las Américas en la sede de la OEA.

El Secretario de Relaciones Externas de la OEA, el Embajador Alfonso Quiñónez, destacó cómo el trabajo de la Orden de Malta ha tocado la vida de muchas personas en nuestra región y en todo el mundo cuando más lo necesitaban, especialmente a través de sus misiones médicas y de reconstrucción en países como Haití y República Dominicana, afectados recientemente por desastres naturales.

El Embajador Prezemyslaw Jan Hauser, Embajador Plenipotenciario de la Orden de Malta a Sudamérica discutió algunos de los programas que la Orden lleva a cabo en toda la región para ayudar a la población más vulnerable: los niños sin hogar y discapacitados, las madres seropositivas y lactantes y los que viven en la pobreza.

El evento contó con la presentación de un vídeo breve sobre la Orden de Malta, así como decenas de fotografías mostrando la labor humanitaria de la Orden en América Latina.

Secretario General de la OEA y Presidente del Banco Mundial Discuten Cooperación más Fuerte y Lazos más Estrechos

16 de enero de 2013
Washington, DC

El Secretario General de la OEA, José Miguel Insulza, se reunió con el Presidente del Banco Mundial, el Dr. Jim Yong Kim en la sede del Banco Mundial para discutir los temas más relevantes de la agenda hemisférica, así como para explorar nuevas formas para hacer de la cooperación más estrecha.

Durante el encuentro, el Dr. Insulza y el Dr. Kim destacaron el valor de las sinergias que se han desarrollado cuando las dos organizaciones han trabajado juntas para alcanzar objetivos comunes y expresaron su deseo de involucrarse más en el trabajo de cada una dentro del ámbito de sus mandatos respectivos. En la última década, la cooperación entre el Banco Mundial y la OEA se ha centrado en el Grupo de Trabajo Conjunto de Cumbres y en el apoyo a la implementación de proyectos en el campo del desarrollo sostenible, y el objetivo es extender la cooperación a otras áreas.

También estuvieron presentes en la reunión el Embajador Hugo de Zela (Jefe de Gabinete del Secretario General), el Embajador Alfonso Quiñónez (Secretario de Relaciones Externas, OEA), el Sr. Hasan Tuluy (Vicepresidente para América Latina y el Caribe, Banco Mundial) y el Sr. J. Humberto López (Subjefe de Gabinete, Banco Mundial).

El Grupo del Banco Mundial ha apoyado la agenda de desarrollo de Latinoamérica y el Caribe. $ 6.6 billones de dólares en nuevos préstamos fueron aprobados en el año fiscal 2012. (ENGLISH)