at the Organization of American States
of American Sates
of Jamaica also serves as Jamaica’s Permanent Representative
to the Organization of American States (OAS).
of American States (OAS), which has its headquarters
in Washington DC, is the primary political multilateral forum
in the hemisphere with the main objectives of maintaining
peace and stability, preserving and consolidating democracy,
protecting human rights, and promoting economic and social
has been a member of the OAS since 1969, collaborating with
the other 33 Member States to achieve the above mentioned
objectives and works closely and coordinates its positions
with its CARICOM partners.
towards these objectives, Jamaica firmly upholds the principles
of sovereignty and non-intervention in the affairs of Member
States. These principles are clearly articulated in the OAS
has remained actively involved in supporting Member States,
at their request, with electoral observation missions and
in mediating political crises and disputes.
and staff of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica attend meetings
of the OAS and its subsidiary bodies to represent Jamaica’s
interests and give support, where necessary, to the requests
of other Member States.
of the issues on which Jamaica has recently played an active
role and has a strong interest are:
the capacity of the OAS to assist Member States affected
by natural disasters – The Permanent Representative
of Jamaica, Ambassador Gordon Shirley served as Chair of
the body in which these discussions were held and chaired
the negotiations which created a new Inter-American Committee
on Natural Disaster Reduction.
partnership for development programme of the OAS –
Jamaica attaches great importance to the development agenda
of the OAS and particularly to meeting the needs of small
states. We have benefited over the years from the OAS technical
assistance projects and programmes. For the 2005-2006 period,
Ambassador Gordon Shirley served as the Chair of the Permanent
Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral
Development (CEPCIDI) which reviews the development cooperation
also attaches importance to the scholarship and training programmes
of the OAS, from which a number of Jamaica nationals have
benefited. These include undergraduate and graduate studies
as well as professional development courses.
firmly holds the view that the eradication of poverty must
remain a high priority for the OAS. Democracy and social and
economic and social development are inextricably linked –
one cannot be sustained without the other. To this end, Jamaica
supports the ongoing negotiations for the preparation of a
Social Charter for the Americas, which will focus
on actions to eliminate poverty and promote social inclusion/justice.
The Social Charter will also complement the Democratic Charter
adopted by the OAS in 2001.
multidimensional aspects of security –
Bearing in mind that security threats can no longer be viewed
in terms of armed conflict, Jamaica has strongly supported
the position that the OAS must address security issues from
a multidimensional perspective, encompassing economic, social,
health and environmental issues such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic
which can affect the security and stability of a state.
– Jamaica appreciates the important role that the OAS
has played in Haiti. In order to support the strengthening
of democracy in Haiti, it is imperative for the international
community to continue its support of Haiti, and to assist
the Government with the implementation of policies and programmes
that are geared towards the generation of employment and the
elimination of extreme poverty. In this regard, the role of
the international donor community, the OAS and the UN through
MINUSTAH will continue to be of importance.
the participation of Ministers, Experts and Governmental representatives,
as appropriate, Jamaica also participates in the relevant
OAS fora in areas such as culture, education, social development,
sustainable development, labour and in the fight against corruption,
drug abuse and drug trafficking, terrorism, and violence against
also participates in the Summits of the Americas
process, which represents an opportunity for the Member States
to meet periodically at the highest level of Heads of Government/State
to define common positions for a hemispheric agenda.