Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, May-June

A Land of Children in a Forest of Dreams: An Ambitious Program in Peru Aims to Strengthen Children's Love for Life and Nature While Improving Their Environments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The wind is roaring as I make my way towards the area outside of the city of Ica. The Peruvian desert I am driving through divides the western slopes of the Andean foothills from the Pacific coastline. There, amidst the dunes surrounding...
Bringing Attention to Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and Partner Agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean Are Joining Forces to Control and Eliminate These Forgotten Diseases throughout the Region
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of fourteen parasitic and bacterial infections that thrive wherever there is poverty, poor sanitation, unsafe water, and malnutrition. These diseases are termed "neglected" because...
Business Labs: Opening Minds and Doors for Young People: The Young Americas Business Trust Develops Partnerships between the Private Sector and Young Entrepreneurs throughout the Hemisphere
"The entrepreneur concept in indigenous communities, in my own and my family's experience, has never existed. We have always been told that we don't have the capacity and we're doomed to live in poverty and marginalization ..." These are the words of...
Editorial
The topic that will be addressed by the Organization of American States during the 41st Regular Session of its General Assembly is, without a doubt, one of utmost importance and urgency. The Government of El Salvador has proposed that this meeting be...
Elections in Haiti
On March 20, the OAS-CARICOM Joint Election Observation Mission (JEOM) was present once again for the second round of presidential and legislative elections in Haiti. The Mission had a presence in all eleven electoral departments and stayed in the country...
Forging Inclusive Democracies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Latin American Democracy Forum, sponsored by the OAS, the UNDP, and the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute, opened a broad space for reflection and discussion. Held in Mexico City on December 12-14, 2010, the event brought...
Investment Construction Development: OAS Scholarship Program: 50
Since its creation in 1948, the OAS Program for Cooperation and Technical Assistance has made it possible for the region to access the benefits of technological progress made in industrialized countries. In the late 1950s two forms of cooperation were...
Multidimensional Security in the Americas: The OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security Implements Programs to Combat and Eliminate Terrorism and Develops Policies That Strengthen and Protect Citizen Security in the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This issue of Americas features some of the important work carried out by the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) including its efforts to fight drug trafficking, rehabilitate drug users, combat firearms trafficking,...
"Orchestra Music Rocks!" Music for Social Change in the Caribbean
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Every afternoon after school, Tiffany, Simeon, Grace, Shanda, Anika, Joshua, Mya, Michelle, and Travis know that the best part of the day is still ahead. Instruments in hand, they race down the streets of Castries, the capital...
Peaceful Settlement of Territorial Disputes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The "Fund for Peace: Peaceful Settlement of Territorial Disputes" was formally established in June 2000 when the OAS foreign ministers gathered at the General Assembly in Windsor Canada and adopted Resolution 1756 aimed at strengthening...
Peruvian Cuisine: Cultural Heritage of the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Inter-American Year of Culture, the OAS declared Peruvian cuisine to be part of the "Cultural Patrimony of the Americas." The award was presented by OAS Secretary General Jose...
Spotlight on El Salvador: The Countries of the Hemisphere Will Gather in This Central American Nation When It Hosts the OAS General Assembly
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the solemn Monument to the Disappeared, the names of over 25,000 victims of El Salvador's long-running civil war are etched in an 85-meter-long wall of black granite. Tourists and locals alike visit this somber reminder of El...
Women in Leadership for a Democratic Society
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In early April, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), with the support of the UN Women and of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, organized the First Hemispheric Forum on "Women's Leadership for a Citizens' Democracy."...
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