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  • Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addresses the gathering marking the 75th anniversary of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the historic Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters.  The event was co-sponsored by Global Ties - U.S. and the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, February 4, 2015. (Global Ties - U.S. Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep. (Feb. 4, 2015): "There is nothing greater, more valuable, and enduring than the many lives we touch, and even change profoundly, through the people-to-people engagement that is at the heart of the IVLP."

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays a wreath with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, at the site of one of the terrorist attacks, the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris, Friday Jan. 16, 2015. Secretary of State Kerry paid his respects to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris in a show of American solidarity with the French people. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)

    U.S. Delegation to the OAS (Jan. 15, 2015): "The United States stands with the government and people of France as they confront again an outrageous act of terrorism and mourn the deaths of innocent victims at the hands of violent and cowardly extremists."

  • Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at the Benjamin Franklin room at the State Department, marking the 20th anniversary of the First Summit of the Americas in 1994, on December 10, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)

    Secretary of State Kerry (Dec. 10, 2014): "Our hemisphere was ahead of the curve in defining democracy as a right – a right to a government by the people and for the people. And we can really be proud of that ..."

  • Ambassador Lomellin addresses the gathering at a farewell reception at the historic headquarters of the Organization of American States, following her formal farewell address to a special session of the Permanent Council. She is accompanied by Ambassador La Celia A. Prince,
Chair of the Permanent Council, and OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, November 12, 2014. (OAS Photo)

    Amb. Lomellin (Nov. 12, 2014): "La Casa de las Americas will continue to remake itself, changing and evolving ... I hope the OAS will continue to be a shelter for our people and the home of democracy, human rights and empowerment for our communities ..."

  • Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, of Uruguay, delivers remarks at a session of the OAS Permanent Council in his capacity as candidate for Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), February 18, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    On February 18, 2015, the OAS Permanent Council received a presentation by the Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, in his capacity as candidate for Secretary General of the Organization.

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    Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) Announced

    The Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: a high-level visit of Ministers, economic leaders and regional experts to technology and innovation centers in the U.S. will take place Sunday, April 19 to Friday, April 24 with visits to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.  

  • Interim Representative of the United States to the OAS, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, addresses a Special Meeting of the Permanent Council on the Situation in Haiti, January 14, 2015. (OAS Photo)
    Statement by the Interim Representative Fitzpatrick on the Situation in Haiti

    January 14, 2015: Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep.: "The U.S. reaffirms its support for timely elections in Haiti and of the right of Haitians to go to the polls as soon as technically feasible to have a renewed voice in their government." 

  • 44th OAS General Assembly Plenary Session, Asuncion, Paraguay, June 4, 2014. (OAS Photo)
    Fact Sheet

    June 10, 2014: Key Outcomes of the 44th Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, June 3-5, 2014, Asunción, Paraguay. 

  • Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) addresses the Permanent Council on the situation in Venezuela, March 21, 2014. (OAS Photo)
    OAS Permanent Council - Situation in Venezuela

    March 21, 2014: Ambassador Lomellin: "The OAS should have nothing to hide and nothing to fear from engaging in open discussion about one of the most important crises currently facing our region … We should welcome the words of all relevant voices ..." 

  • Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) addresses the Permanent Council in a Special Session Regarding the Situation in Venezuela, March 6, 2014. (OAS Photo)
    Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council Regarding the Situation in Venezuela

    March 6, 2014: Ambassador Lomellin: "...it is essential for this Council and this Organization to stand up for principles that have guided this hemisphere for many decades...enshrined in the Charter of the OAS and the Inter-American Democratic Charter." 

  • Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson delivers opening remarks marking the start of the conference. (OAS Photo)
    Conference Highlights the Importance of Financial Inclusion Efforts in Regional Economic Growth

    April 29, 2014: The Conference "Partnerships for Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Catalyst for Inclusive Growth" of the Inter-American Social Protection Network of the Organization of American States (OAS/IASPN) was inaugurated today in the city of New York with the participation of ministers and senior representatives of governments and the private sector from more than 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Also See - OAS Photo Gallery »

  • Ambassador Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, (center) alongside fellow delegates at the World Urban Forum (WUF7) in Medellin, Colombia, April 11, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)
    World Urban Forum (WUF7) Hosts Roundtable on Gender and Women

    April 11, 2014: Ambassador Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), delivered remarks at the World Urban Forum's Roundtable on Gender and Women, in Medellin, Colombia. 

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