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Organization of American States (OAS)

Organización de los Estados Americanos

Head Chair | Jane Kim

Vice-Chairs | Adrian Hernandez, Dennis Takeshita

Welcome to the Organization of American States, an international organization that brings together all 35 countries in the Americas. Our purpose, is to enhance regional integration and collaboration in all of the Americas, as well as to perform “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” Being the largest organization in the Americas, the OAS is also said to be the most important intergovernmental forum that grants the region the opportunity to dialogue, plan and settle towards the four major pillars of Democracy, Human Rights, Security and Development.

*Topic Synopsis updated with Spanish Topic


Topic 1 | Drugs and Development in Latin America

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This topic will be discussed in English.

The War on Drugs has failed. Ever since former United States president Richard Nixon announced the criminalization and eradication of narcotics as a national priority, a rise in international networks of organized crime, militarization of armies, corruption, mass incarceration, violations of human rights, along with millions of reported deaths, have backlashed Latin American and Caribbean communities.

However, today a number of countries have taken reform domestically and are encouraging the international community to seek changes in our current drug policy. The Organization of American States will attempt to look for more sensible alternatives to our current drug policy that will also seek to mitigate drug consumption and supply, while being sensitive to development and security.

Topic 2 | Migration Movements in Latin America

Movimientos migratorios en América Latina

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This topic will be discussed in Spanish. Este tema será discutido en español.

La migración inter-Americana se ha posicionado como un tema central dentro del debate Latinoamericano y estadounidense. El número de indocumentados en los Estados Unidos, la creciente militarización de fronteras, así como los numerosos casos de violaciones a los derechos humanos que se presentan en el tema de la migración, son problemáticas que deben impulsar la dirección y acción de la comunidad internacional.
La Organización de Estados Americanos se encargará de dirigir los esfuerzos para preservar la dignidad y los derechos humanos del migrante frente a los obstáculos que se le presentan, así como de negociar los parámetros legales con todos los países Americanos para asegurar el respeto de su soberanía.