Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Organization of American States General Assembly in Mexico

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June 18, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

As an engaged multilateral player, Canada is working with the Organization of American States (OAS) and regional partners to strengthen democracy and the respect for human rights, economic prosperity and security for the benefit of all citizens of the Americas.

In order to continue this work, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced she will attend, on June 19 and 20, 2017, the 47th General Assembly of the OAS in Cancún, Mexico.

The Minister will address foreign ministers and other heads of delegation from the Americas during the meetings, where she will deliver a statement focusing on Canada’s commitment to strengthening hemispheric cooperation on democracy, human rights and security.


“For more than 25 years, Canada has been an active member of the OAS and supports its crucial work in safeguarding democracy in the hemisphere. Canada remains fully committed to a strong and effective OAS. We will continue to work with our partners on key issues of common interest, emphasizing the importance of shared values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1948, the OAS is the oldest regional organization in the world and the premier political multilateral forum of the hemisphere, with 34 active member states. It is the only regional organization that includes North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. The Organization is built on four main pillars: democracy, human rights, security and development.

  • Since becoming a full member of the OAS in 1990 after 28 years as an observer, Canada has contributed to some of the organization’s important collective achievements, such as the establishment of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the elaboration of the Declaration on Security in the Americas and the adoption of the Social Charter of the Americas.

  • The General Assembly is the principal organ of the OAS. It gathers foreign affairs ministers of all member states on an annual basis and also holds special sessions to consider urgent matters. This year’s General Assembly will take place in Cancún, Mexico, from June 19 to 21, 2017, under the theme “Strengthening Dialogue and Concerted Action for Prosperity.”

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