In this section, you will find the most important documents of the Organization of American States (OAS), including its founding Charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which defines the essential elements of democracy, indicates ways in which it can and should be promoted, and provides member states with a framework to guide their collective action when democracy faces challenges. Along with these essential documents, this section also provides links to other key reference material, such as annual reports of the Secretary General, OAS resolutions, agreements, and treaties.