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Permanent Council of the OAS Considers 2013 Budget

  September 18, 2012

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), today considered its Proposed Program-Budget for 2013, which represents “the numerical expression” of the strategic vision of the OAS presented at the end of last year by the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza.

In his presentation to the Council, the Secretary General said the Budget “looks to consolidate the strategy of alignment of resources of the Regular Fund with the four pillars on which the activity of the OAS is based: defense and protection of democracy, human rights, regional security and development.”

The chief representative of the hemispheric organization talked of the need to “improve the efficiency of the operations of the General Secretariat” of the OAS, and “move forward in management by results.” He recognized that “it is not an easy job to adjust the figures to the ever increasing demands” of the OAS, considering that “we're putting together a budget with $3.3 million less than last year.”

At the close of the meeting, Insulza called attention to the fact that “so far we have talked about costs, but we have not spoken of income,” which is the other part of the equation, adding that in addition to the difficult global economic conditions, the budget cuts are also due to the delay of some countries in the payment of contributions by a total of $2 million.

The draft budget will now go to the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) of the organization for consideration.

The representatives of Chile, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, United States, Grenada, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Panama, El Salvador, Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Saint Lucia all took part in the meeting.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The video of the event will be available here.

The audio of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-319/12