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OAS to Host Debate on the Status and Protection of Refugees in the Americas

  April 20, 2015

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, will be the keynote speaker at the 59th Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) that will be held on Wednesday April 22, at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, D.C.

The Lecture, entitled "From the Cartagena Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: The New frontiers of Protection in the Americas," will address the issues related to the status and protection of the rights of refugees in the region and their most pressing challenges, and it will present an analysis of the subject based on the specific characteristics of refugees in the Hemisphere.

The event will highlight the objectives proposed by the leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean who gathered on December 3, 2014, to approve the Declaration of Brazil" and pledged to work together to implement innovative solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons, to maintain the highest standards of international and regional protection, and to end the plight faced by stateless people in the region.

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS, Ambassador Carmen Moreno, will give the welcoming remarks, which will include the gender perspective as an integral element to understanding this humanitarian issue worldwide. Following the presentation of the UNHCR High Commissioner, there will be a question-and-answer session.

The Lecture will be broadcast live on the OAS Website.

WHAT: 59 Lecture Series of the Americas: “From the Cartagena Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: The New Frontiers of Protection in the Americas”

WHEN: April 22, 2015, 15:15 EDT (19:15 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-070/15