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OAS Assistant Secretary General Praises Heroes of the Hemisphere

  October 19, 2010

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, says the needs of people in the Americas are significant, and the situation challenges individuals, organizations and governments to work together more than ever before.

Speaking at the Second Annual Heroes of the Hemisphere event hosted by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, Ambassador Ramdin praised this year’s five awardees, each of whom demonstrated leadership and worked with their communities to improve their standard of life. “Change starts at an individual level,” Ramdin said. “Decisions we make as individuals ultimately affect the lives of others. What these individuals have done is an example to all of us. Through their hard work and perseverance, they have met the needs of their communities.”

The high ranking OAS official called on individuals, organizations and countries to work together for the good of the hemisphere. “Most of the problems facing the nations of the OAS are cross-border in nature and can only be effectively resolved through a framework of multilateral consultation, co-operation and collective action,” he said. “No country on its own can effectively solve the problems it encounters. We need to work together in the inter-American system to deliver on the promise of democracy.”

Ambassador Ramdin was among several public figures paying tribute to recipients Henrique Gelinski, of Brazil; Flor Nancy Muelas, of Colombia; Amarilis Castillo, of the Dominican Republic; Monserrat Guzman Salamanca, of Mexico; and Nicole Orelus, of Haiti.

The OAS Assistant Secretary General also commended PADF for its efforts in 22 countries in areas of natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and efforts to combat the trafficking of persons.

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Reference: E-390/10