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Organization of American States (OAS)

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Organization of American States, 1889 F Street NW

Washington, DC



United States

1 202 458 3745

1 202 458 3560

The nations of the Americas are working more closely together than ever before ? strengthening democracy, advancing human rights, promoting peace and security, expanding trade and tackling complex problems caused by poverty, drugs and corruption. Together we are building a better future for the next generation.

At the outset of a new century and a new millennium, the challenge is how to turn citizens? high expectations into reality. The Organization of American States (OAS) is playing a central role in working toward many of the goals that are shared by the countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Through the Summit of the Americas process, the hemisphere?s heads of state and government have given the OAS important responsibilities and mandates, including:

? Strengthening freedom of speech and thought as a basic human right; ? Promoting greater participation by civil society in decision-making at all levels of government. ? Improving cooperation to address the problem of illegal drugs; and ? Supporting the process to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas.

The OAS also brings together government leaders from member states to focus on education, justice, security and other issues that that touch people?s lives in tangible ways.