Organization of American States

OASThe Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. That meeting approved the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, and the stage was set for the weaving of a web of provisions and institutions that came to be known as the inter-American system, the oldest international institutional system.

The OAS uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development.Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere.

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“I congratulate the YABT for its exceptional work over the past 20 years by prioritizing topics, such as entrepreneurship, innovation, social and environmental responsibility, which improve the youth’s prospects of employability and career paths. By supporting YABT, I believe we are securing the possibility of excellence and prosperity for the future of our nations."

Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin
Assistant Secretary General
Organization of American States