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OAS Becomes General Secretariat of Virtual Educa

  May 27, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) became the General Secretariat of Virtual Educa, a multilateral cooperation initiative on matters of education, training and innovation.

This action was taken through an amendment to the Framework Agreement Virtual Educa signed December 2003 between the OAS, the SEGIB Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat, the “Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia” or UNED and Virtual Educa, by the Director of the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Culture, Marie E. Levens, and the Secretary General of Virtual Educa, José María Antón.

The initiative will allow the non-Spanish speaking Member States of the OAS to benefit from the different programs that have been promoted in recent years through the Multilateral Initiative on Education for Human Development (IMEDH), the fundamental objective of which is to promote development in education from an innovative and inclusive perspective that makes it possible to have a high social impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. Furthermore, it will promote joint work between the OAS, Virtual Educa, the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO), the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean or UDUAL, and the “Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo” or FUNGLODE.

The OAS and Virtual Educa seek to implement this greater inter-American cooperation through future initiatives in education, using Information and Communication Technologies, to be announced at the XII International Meeting Virtual Educa Mexico 2011, from June 20 to 24, 2011, and at the I Meeting Virtual Educa non-Hispanic Caribbean, to be held in Suriname in early 2012 within the framework of the meeting of Ministers of Education of the OAS.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-696/11