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OAS and Rotary Club of Washington Global Host Conference on “Migrants and Refugees in the Americas in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  June 22, 2020

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Rotary Club of Washington Global will host TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD AT 10:30 EST (14:30 GMT) the Conference “Migrants and Refugees in the Americas in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges y Multisectoral Solutions”.

The event will feature opening remarks from:

  • OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro
  • Rotary International Secretary General, John Hewko
  • IOM Special Envoy for the Response to the Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Situation, Diego Beltrand

Also to deliver remarks during the event:

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Alexandra Hill
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, of Colombia, Claudia Blum

The event will include a panel discussion on “Multisectoral approaches to migrant and refugee flows in the Americas”:

  • Ingo Ploger, President, Latin American Business Council (CEAL), Brazil
  • Cristal Montañez, Rotary e-Club of Houston, HOPE for Venezuelan Refugees
  • David Smolansky, Commissioner of the OAS Secretary General for the Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees
  • Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, OAS Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, Executive Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity
  • Barton Goldenberg, District Governor of Rotary D7620, Rotary International
  • Moderator: Gustau Alegret, US News Director for NTN24

The meeting will be broadcast live - with interpretation in Spanish and English - on the OAS WebsiteFacebook and YouTube

The agenda is available here. Event registration is available here.

Press Contact: OASPress@oas.org


WHAT: Migrants and Refugees in the Americas in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges y Multisectoral Solutions

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 EDT (14:30 GMT)

WHERE: OAS Web Page and the Oficial OAS Facebook page and OAS YouTube page.

Reference: AVI-076/20