The Organization of American States: 100 Years of Building Bridges in the Americas

Presented by: Presented By: Pablo Zuniga, Romina Giselle Kasman, and Marcia Bebianno Simoes
Presented at: 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 14, 2013

Session Description: This presentation describes the achievements of the Organization of American States (OAS) in terms of its contribution to strengthen the efforts that are currently being undertaken by the OAS member states in the development of a democratic culture in the Americas. It includes information on the strategies, programs and initiatives that are currently being carried-out by the OAS to foster cooperation among different types of institutions from member states in this field. Cooperation among different types of institutions not only allows creating more democratic environments that encourage the formation of civic values and practices, but also creating spaces and mechanisms that promote social cohesion and integration, which at the same time are key for stimulating citizenship active and committed participation in the building of collective action that has incidence in public and social decision making processes.