Organization of American States

The Organization of American States (OAS; Spanish: Organización de los Estados Americanos, Portuguese: Organização dos Estados Americanos, French: Organisation des États américains; OEA) is an international organization that was founded on 30 April 1948 for the purposes of solidarity and co-operation among its member states within the Americas. Headquartered in the US capital, Washington, D.C., the OAS has 35 members, which are independent states in the Americas.[2] Since the 1990s, the organization has focused on election monitoring. The head of the OAS is the Secretary General; the incumbent is Uruguayan Luis Almagro.[3]

Organization of American States
3 other official names
  • Organisation des États américains  (French)
  • Organização dos Estados Americanos  (Portuguese)
  • Organización de los Estados Americanos  (Spanish)
"Democracy for peace, security and development"
  Member states
  Former member states
  Disputed member states
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
38°53′34″N 77°02′25″W
Official languagesEnglish
Member states
Luis Almagro
 Assistant Secretary General
Nestor Mendez
30 April 1948
40,275,678 km2 (15,550,526 sq mi)
 2008 estimate
24/km2 (62.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−10 to +0

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