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Model of OAS Permanent Council Celebrates Anniversary of Inter-American Democratic Charter

  August 2, 2011

The tenth Model Permanent Council (MOAS/PC) for interns at the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded today after two days of simulation exercises in which participants represent each of the Member States of the Organization, and they negotiate and approve resolutions on the main issues on the inter-American agenda. On this occasion, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IADC), they approved a resolution titled, “Challenges to Democratic Governance.”

Participants in this year’s program, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, included 72 interns from the Americas, six from Europe, and one from Korea. Among them stood out Melissa Bryant, Secretary General of the MOAS/PC; Adrián Calcaneo, Chairman; Valentina Socias and Marcela Rivas, rapporteurs; and Aryanne Besner Quintal and Jazmin Chi, public information officers.

The Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin, congratulated the interns on their participation and emphasized the need for youth to have a sense of responsibility. Ambassador Ramdin also expressed his hope that interns will become examples to their peers and will be ambassadors of the OAS and the IADC in their countries of origin.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Guatemala to the OAS, Jorge Skinner-Klee, described the dialogues being currently held in the Permanent Council on the effectiveness of the implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, in response to the mandates received from the OAS General Assembly. Ambassador Skinner-Klee also recalled that the Council will present in September a report on the implementation of the document on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

The Director of the OAS Department of International Affairs, Irene Klinger, who is responsible for the MOAS Program, explained to participants that “the peoples of the Americas have the right to democracy and their governments have the obligation to promote and defend it,” referring to the text of the IADC.

The MOAS Program is designed to promote democratic values among youth of the hemisphere and complement the experience of interns at the OAS. This program is also offered to high school students and will be held from November 30 to December 3, 2011, at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-786/11