Ivan C. Marques
Secretary for Multidimensional Security

The OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) promotes and coordinates cooperation among Member States, the Inter-American System, and other international bodies to effectively address security threats. With the vision of becoming the leading hemispheric authority, the SMS operates under the Declaration on Security in the Americas, which introduces a multidimensional approach encompassing traditional threats and new concerns. Additionally, the SMS serves as the branch of the General Secretariat responsible for supporting the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the OAS Permanent Council, strengthening its central role in the regional security framework.


Building a Secure Future for All: The OAS Commitment to the Region

In an increasingly interconnected world, development and security are closely linked. Sustainable progress is impossible without a safe and stable environment, and security cannot be guaranteed without promoting comprehensive societal development. It is with this conviction that the Charter of the Organization of American States enshrined as its primary purpose "to strengthen the peace and security of the continent."

However, violence and crime have been persistent issues in the Americas, posing a threat not only to the physical well-being of citizens but also to the strength of democratic institutions. Our continent, home to 12.5% of the world's population, accounts for one in three homicides globally, with over 7 out of 10 committed with firearms. This issue carries a high economic, social, and human cost, particularly affecting the most vulnerable populations in our countries. Insecurity has become a significant hindrance to progress for the entire region.

Promoting security is an urgent challenge that requires a multidimensional approach—one that encompasses prevention, law enforcement, social reintegration, and institutional strengthening.

The OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) positions itself as a vital tool for member states in addressing this challenge. The organization possesses the technical capacity and necessary experience to assist in implementing effective security strategies. Our team of experts is prepared to support institutional and operational advancements and work closely with national authorities to strengthen their capabilities.

Nevertheless, the OAS's commitment goes beyond technical assistance. The organization is firmly dedicated to tirelessly coordinating efforts at hemispheric, regional, and subregional levels. Recognizing that security challenges know no borders, the OAS aims to be a bridge between various stakeholders, facilitating the exchange of information, best practices, and resources to build a united front against crime and violence. Together, we can lay the foundation for a more secure and prosperous future for all.

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), a consultative and advisory body to the OAS, serves as a forum for addressing the drug problem. It provides technical assistance for capacity building and, since 1986, has promoted regional cooperation to address the evolving challenges of drug control.
The Department against Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC), provides technical and legislative assistance to OAS Member States to combat organized crime. Established in 2016, It promotes regional cooperation projects, assesses and prevents various forms of transnational crime, and offers Technical Secretariat services to specialized forums in the field.
The Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) supports Member States in their efforts to prevent and counter terrorism through programs on topics such as cybersecurity, border controls, prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and violent extremism
The Department of Public Security (DSP) supports the Member States in the assessment, prevention, diagnosis, and response to security threats in the Americas. DSP actions include providing technical assistance, contributing to the implementation of regulatory frameworks, and promoting international cooperation and horizontal exchange to strengthen public security in the region.
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September, 2023
Challenges and Strategies: Considerations on Ransomware Attacks in the Americas
This publication offers recommendations and reflections based on international best practices for dealing with a ransomware attack and its implications
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January, 2022
Typologies and red flags associated to money laundering from illegal mining in Latin America and the Caribbean
March, 2024
Guide for the Safe Management of human mobility and the identification of crimes of human trafficking and migrant smuggling
Available only in Spanish
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December, 2023
How to Develop a National Drug Policy
A Guide for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Stakeholders