Organization of American States (OAS)

Edited by: Tom Lansford

In: Political Handbook of the World 2015

Organization of American States (OAS)

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  • Organisation des Etats Américains
    Organização dos Estados Americanos
    Organización de los Estados Americanos

    Established: By charter signed April 30, 1948, in Bogotá, Colombia, effective December 13, 1951.

    Purpose: To achieve “an order of peace and justice, promoting solidarity among the American states; [to strengthen] their collaboration and [defend] their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence . . . as well as to establish . . . new objectives and standards for the promotion of the economic, social, and cultural development of the peoples of the Hemisphere, and to speed the process of economic integration.”

    Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States.

    Principal Organs: General Assembly, Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Council, Inter-American Council for Integral Development, Inter-American Juridical Committee (11 jurists from member states), Inter-American Commission on Human ...

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