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OAS Permanent Council Submits Proposals to the General Assembly in Asunción, Paraguay

  May 23, 2014

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the submission of several draft resolutions to the General Assembly of the institution, which will take place from June 3 to 5 in Asunción, Paraguay.

In a regular meeting, the Council approved by acclamation the draft Declaration of Asunción, and elevated it to the General Assembly, after receiving the report from the Chair of the Working Group and Permanent Representative of Paraguay, Elisa Ruiz Díaz.

In addition, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, informed the Council that “on occasion of the General Assembly we are editing a book entitled ‘Inequality and Social Inclusion in the Americas,’ which contains thirteen contributions from members of the General Secretariat.” The Secretary General explained that the book, which will be distributed at the Assembly, represents not only a description of the problem, but also “the contribution that the Organization of American States makes on the issues of inequality and social inclusion” in its various areas of work.

On another point, the Council approved – also by acclamation – the submission to the General Assembly of the draft resolution “Strategic Vision of the Organization of American States,” after receiving a report on the activities of its Working Group from the Chair of the group and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS, Emilio Rabasa.

Similarly, the body agreed to the elevation to the Assembly of the draft resolutions previously approved by its Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI).

During the meeting, the representatives of Paraguay, Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, Barbados, United States, Dominica, Peru, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Honduras took the floor.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The video of the event is available here.

The audio of the event is available here.

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Reference: E-209/14