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FACT SHEET: Basic information on the 51st OAS General Assembly

  November 1, 2021

The 51st OAS General Assembly will take place on November 10,11, and 12.

The host country of the General Assembly will be Guatemala, although the Assembly will be held virtually. Guatemala has previously hosted 3 ordinary General Assemblies of the OAS in 1986 and 1999 in Guatemala City, and in 2013 in Antigua Guatemala.

This will be the second virtual meeting of the General Assembly, after that of 2020. All public meetings will be broadcast online on the OAS Website, with interpretation available in all 4 official languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

The General Assembly is the principal organ of the OAS and is composed of the delegations of all the member states, usually headed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Each member state has the right to cast a vote. The decisions of the Assembly are usually adopted by majority, but in certain cases the rules require a two-thirds vote.
The Assembly is responsible for defining the policies and mandates of the OAS, as well as the structure and functions of its organs.

It is responsible for the election of the members of the decentralized and autonomous organizations of the OAS such as the IACHR, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Juridical Committee, and the Justice Center of the Americas, among others.

The 51st Assembly will be the seventh of the mandate of Secretary General Luis Almagro, and the second since his re-election.

The OAS General Assembly has met annually since 1971. Previously meetings of this nature had varied intervals and were called International American Conferences.

The schedule of the General Assembly includes an inaugural session on Wednesday, November 10, and four plenary sessions between November 11 and 12.

Activities will also be carried out prior to and in parallel with the start of the General Assembly:

Tuesday, November 9:

• Business Forum (Private Sector Forum of the Americas)
• Dialogue of representatives of civil society organizations and other actors with Heads of Delegation, Secretary General (SG) and Assistant Secretary General (ASG)

Wednesday, November 10:

• Dialogue between Heads of Delegation, the Secretary General, and Heads of Delegation of the Permanent Observer Countries

More information available at:

Reference: S-011/21