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)
Motto: 
"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
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Demonym(s)American
Member states
Leaders
Luis Almagro
 Assistant Secretary General
Nestor Mendez
Establishment
 Charter
30 April 1948
Area
 Total
40,275,678 km2 (15,550,526 sq mi)
Population
 2008 estimate
980,457,921
 Density
24/km2 (62.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−10 to +0

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