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Italian Mission to the OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) is a regional multilateral organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and was established on April 30, 1948, with the signing of the OAS Charter in Bogotá upon the Ninth Pan-American Conference. Founded with the goal of strengthening peace and security among the nations of the Western Hemisphere, the OAS is the oldest regional multilateral forum in the world, and brings together the independent states of the Americas that have ratified the Organization’s Charter. The organization’s activities focus on four pillars: democracy; human rights; security; and development.

Italy acquired the status of Permanent Observer on May 17, 1972. In light of its deep political, economic, cultural and social ties with the American Continent, it is one of the few countries to have an Ambassador accredited to the OAS as a Permanent Observer. The current Italian Permanent Observer is Ambassador Simone Turchetta.

Within the framework of the Organization, Italy contributes to programs and projects in support of countries in the region in areas such as: election observation; defense of human rights and access to justice; police cooperation and training; anti-corruption; combating organized crime and drug trafficking; humanitarian demining and socio-economic reintegration of those who have been injured; gender equality and women’s empowerment; support for peace processes; combating climate change; and enhancing resilience to natural disasters.

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