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  • On March 19, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed a special session of the Permanent Council and outlined the U.S. position on the situation in Venezuela at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. (OAS File Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep. (Mar. 19, 2015): "My government does not wish to see a Venezuela that is politically unstable or impoverished ... we want to see Venezuela thrive and return to the path of full and genuine demoracy ..."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addresses the Organization of American States (OAS) Special General Assembly in Washington, D.C. for election of a new OAS Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, March 18, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Deputy Secretary of State Blinken (Mar. 18, 2015): "Today’s election marks a very meaningful step forward in this journey to strengthen the OAS and fully realize its promise for all of our hemisphere’s citizens."

  • 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 ..."

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  • 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 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." 

  • 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)
    Ambassador Lomellin Delivers Farewell Address

    November 12, 2014: Ambassador Carmen Lomellin: "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 ..." 

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    Seventh Summit of the Americas

    On April 10-11, 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the Americas will address the Seventh Summit central theme, “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas", under which will be discussed several sub-themes, among them security, energy, health, education, migration flows, democratic governance, and citizen participation. 

  • President Bill Clinton is joined by the other democratically elected leaders from the region attending the First Summit of the Americas at the signing ceremony of the summit declaration in Miami, Florida, Sunday, Dec. 11, 1994. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Building a more democratic hemisphere: An Op-Ed by the Secretary of State

    December 7, 2014: Secretary of State Kerry: "We must reassert the leadership and shared vision our hemisphere signaled in the first Summit of the Americas, which was later enshrined in the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter ... As we approach the next Summit of the Americas, we need to vigorously reaffirm these values and commit to revitalizing the institutions that defend them."  

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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.  

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

    June 4, 2014: Deputy Secretary of State Higginbottom: "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." 

  • 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 ..." 

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