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  • Official group photo of the 46th OAS Special General Assembly on Drugs, held in Guatemala City, Gutatemala, September 19, 2014. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (far right) led the U.S. delegation. (OAS Photo)

    Assistant Secretary Brownfield (September 19, 2014): "The United States looks forward to working together with our hemispheric partners to build on these needed reforms to help shape a better future for our citizens."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom addresses the 44th OAS General Assembly meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay, June 4, 2014. (OAS Photo)

    Deputy Secretary of State Higginbottom (June 4, 2014): "The United States believes that a vibrant and active OAS is central to our common vision of creating a peaceful, prosperous and socially inclusive hemisphere."

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

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

  • Deputy Secretary Higginbottom with Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes following their meeting, Asuncion, Paraguay, June 3, 2014. (U.S. Embassy Photo)

    Deputy Secretry Higginbottom (June 3, 2014): "Together, we can build a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive hemisphere. Thank you again to the people of Paraguay for welcoming me and for their friendship with the people of the United States."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Higginbottom and Ambassador Lomellin address the media at a press availability following the Deputy Secretary's remarks at the plenary of the OAS General Assembly, Asuncion, Paraguay, June 4, 2014. (U.S. Embassy Photo)

    Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (June 4, 2014): "I was delighted to bring to the OAS the message of partnership that is defining the Obama administration’s policy of sustained engagement with the hemisphere ..."

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  • Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at the Council of the Americas' 44th Conference on the Americas at the Department of State, Washington, D.C., May 7, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)
    Remarks at the Council of the Americas' 44th Conference on the Americas

    May 7, 2014: Secretary Kerry: "We are immensely proud of this hemisphere’s positive trajectory, and we look forward to helping it move forward in the days ahead, including next month when our Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom leads the U.S. delegation to the OAS General Assembly in Paraguay."   Video »

  • Roberta S. Jacobson,    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS preview the 44th General Assembly of the Organization of American States at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)
    Foreign Press Center Briefing: Preview of the 44th OAS General Assembly

    May 29, 2014: Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS previewed the 44th General Assembly of the Organization of American States at a Foreign Press Center briefing. 

  • Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative Lawrence J. Gumbiner delivered remarks before the Commonwealth Club of California on April 24, 2014, addressing the importance of the inter-Amerian human rights system in the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights in the region. (State Dept. Photo)
    21st Century Challenges to the Inter-American Human Rights System

    April 24, 2014: Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative Gumbiner: "Our hemisphere remains justifiably proud of the good work that the Commission and its sister institution, the Court, have achieved. The foundation for this success -- and for continued progress in human rights -- lies in the continued independence and autonomy of the Commission and Court." 

  • 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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