Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere.   In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 62 states, as well as to the European Union (EU). The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states—as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter—“an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”  MEMBER STATES: All 35 independent countries of the Americas have ratified the OAS Charter and belong to the Organization. The following 21 member states met in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1948 to sign the OAS Charter: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba1, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras2, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of). Subsequently, the following 14 member states joined: Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago (1967); Jamaica (1969); Grenada (1975); Suriname (1977); Dominica (Commonwealth of), Saint Lucia (1979); Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1981); The Bahamas (Commonwealth of) (1982); St. Kitts & Nevis (1984); Canada (1990); Belize and Guyana (1991). WHAT WE DO: The OAS uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes. The Organization’s four main pillars––democracy, human rights, security, and development––support each other and are intertwined through political dialogue, inclusiveness, cooperation, and legal and follow-up instruments that provide the OAS with the tools to maximize its work in the Hemisphere. • Political Dialogue - The OAS is the premier political forum of the Americas, where the independent countries of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean come together to advance their common goals and work out their differences. Political dialogue is important within each of the four pillars of the OAS––Whether the issue is the rights of indigenous peoples, territorial disputes, or regional goals for education, the OAS is where multilateral dialogue takes place at many levels, such as the Permanent Council, ministerial meetings, and the Summits of the Americas process. • Cooperation - The OAS provides critical support to member states in building institutional and human capacity to meet new challenges. OAS training programs and scholarships have given many citizens of the region the opportunity to develop skills that they can put to use in their home countries. • Follow-Up Mechanisms - The OAS member states hold each other accountable on a range of issues. They have adopted innovative mechanisms to evaluate their progress in combating illegal drugs, corruption, and domestic violence. o Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) o Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) o Follow-up Mechanism for the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) o Mechanism to Follow Up on Implementation of the "Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, ‘Convention of Belém do Pará’" (MESECVI) o Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) of the Summits of the Americas process o Summits of the Americas Implementation and Follow-up System (SISCA) • Juridical Heritage - Through the OAS, the countries have adopted multilateral treaties that have solidified relations in the region and also helped shape domestic law on matters as diverse as preventing illegal arms trafficking and strengthening the rights of persons with disabilities. o International Law o Legal Cooperation o Special Legal Programs • Topics - The OAS supports the efforts of its member states aimed at reducing poverty and achieving economic development. It contributes to strengthening democracy and governance in the Hemisphere, to confronting threats to hemispheric security, and to defending the rights of the citizens of the region. OUR STRUCTURE: The Organization of American States accomplishes its purposes by means of the following: • The General Assembly; • the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs; • the Councils (the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development); • the Inter-American Juridical Committee; • the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; • the General Secretariat; • the specialized conferences; • the specialized organizations; and • other entities established by the General Assembly. The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States and comprises the delegations of all the member states. All member states are represented at the General Assembly and have the right to one vote. The Permanent Council attends to the matters entrusted to it by the General Assembly or the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs; monitors the maintenance of friendly relations among the member states and the observance of the standards governing General Secretariat operations; and acts provisionally as Organ of Consultation under the Rio Treaty.
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  • development
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  • research & development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • economic policy


  • world bank group


  • colombia
  • panama
  • guatemala
  • venezuela
  • canada


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  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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