Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 5, September-October

A Balance in Biodiversity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The prow of the boat cuts through the surface of water as we keep a lookout for elusive Amazonian wildlife. The pristine tropical forest is so dense that it almost covers the Tiputini River, a tributary of...
A Catalyst for Inter-American Soldarity and Opportunity: For Nearly 50 Years, the Pan American Development Foundation Has Assisted Millions of People in the Americas through Humanitarian Aid, Integral Development, and Civil Society Strengthening
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several months after the deadly January 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, engineer Yves Bellevue closely monitors a group of masons who are repairing a damaged home in Port-au-Prince's Delmas 32 neighborhood....
An Integral Approach to Sustainable Development
International economists are well aware that good policies alone do not ensure economic development. Also needed are effective civil and social institutions, which provide the most fertile ground for sustainable development. Sustainable development is...
Art and the Legacy of the Ancestors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Salvadoran artist Carlo Mejia has exhibited his work with great success around the world for many years now. He is a stalwart of Latin American culture and an artistic bridge between the rich cultural past...
Building Consensus and Promoting Labor Cooperation in the Americas
The Ministers of Labor of the Americas met for the first time, under OAS auspices, in 1963 to discuss and make recommendations on labor-related challenges in the region. Thus was born the OAS Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML), whose...
Delivering Results: The Human Face of Development
Every day, the Organization of American States (OAS) works hand in hand with the governments of the region to strengthen democracy, promote peace, guarantee security, and make progress towards integral development. To do this, the Executive Secretariat...
Drug Control in the Americas
The inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) published its latest report on the progress of drug control in the region this past July. The report recommends that countries strengthen their anti-drug policies in the following areas: control...
Editorial
The promotion of integral development and prosperity is one of the fundamental pillars underpinning and inspiring the work of the Organization of American States in the hemisphere. In the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the member states affirm that...
Entrepreneurs of Ecotourism: Community-Based Alliances Are Generating Jobs and Preserving Natural Resources in the Jungles of Guatemala
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Indigenous community leaders in a remote, poor region of Guatemala's northern Alta Verapaz province needed to generate sustainable jobs but had few resources and no training that could be used to create an enterprise. Situated...
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Precursor of Sustainable Architecture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The notion of sustainability relates to the necessary balance between a specific species, its natural environment, and the system of which it is a part. The end result must extend beyond...
Music Transforming Lives
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians from across the Americas who represent over twenty countries in the Western Hemisphere. Since our Inaugural Tour in 2002, we...
South-South Cooperation: The Experience of the Inter-American Social Protection Network
Given the urgent challenge of reducing extreme poverty and inequality in the world, the international community has committed to building stronger and more effective cooperation mechanisms that will make it possible for developing countries to reach...
Sustainability of Housing and Urban Development in Latin America
Latin America is changing and growing demographically. In many countries of the region, the growth rate is still quite high, especially in places where human and economic development levels are low, where fertility rates are high, where there ate few...
The Continuing Story of Eloisa Cartonera: A Publishing House Cooperative in Argentina Produces Unique Books with Handcrafted Cardboard Covers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The story of Eloisa Cartonera could begin with "once upon a time," but it would not go on to describe a prosperous kingdom. Instead, it would tell the story of Argentina during the economic crisis at the...
The Virtual Library of Inter-American Peace Initiatives
The OAS houses the world's largest collection of archives, photographs, maps, commemorative stamps, and records documenting the history of the Organization of American States and its predecessor agencies from 1889 to the present, and it holds one of...
Tourism: A Challenge in the Face of Poverty
On September 29-30, 2011, our country will host the 19th InterAmerican Travel Congress, organized together with the Organization of American States (OAS). This is a great opportunity for El Salvador, and we look forward to bringing Latin America's Ministers...
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