United States Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States
The U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) is headed by Bradley A. Freden, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative.
The OAS is the premier multilateral forum in the Western Hemisphere. Its members are the countries from North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean, and Canada. The charter of the OAS states that its basic objectives are to:
- strengthen peace and security;
- promote the effective exercise of representative democracy and respect for human rights;
- ensure the peaceful settlement of disputes among members;
- provide for common action in the event of aggression;
- seek solutions to political, juridical, and economic problems that may arise; and
- promote, by cooperative action, economic, social, educational, scientific, and cultural development
As a member of the OAS, the United States is committed to strengthening and working with the organization. This reflects the U.S. Government’s determination to make optimal use of multilateral diplomacy to resolve regional problems and to engage its neighbors on topics of hemispheric concern.
Visit the site of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at: www.state.gov/p/wha/