Minister Joly will travel to Lima, Peru, for General Assembly of the Organization of American States

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October 4, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Lima, Peru, from October 4 to 6, 2022 to attend the 52nd regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Minister Joly will meet with her counterparts from across the hemisphere to highlight the importance of working together on priority issues, including democracy and human rights in the region, international security, the situation in Nicaragua, Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and its global consequences, and sustainable development.

Continuing the dialogue that took place at the United Nations General Assembly in September, Minister Joly will convene a roundtable with Haiti to discuss how the international community can help respond to the crisis. She will reaffirm Canada’s commitment to work toward the development of a more stable, democratic and prosperous future for Haiti.

Minister Joly will meet with Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and deliver Canada’s national statement at the first in-person General Assembly since 2019. The minister looks forward to working with OAS member states and supporting Peru’s efforts to ensure a successful General Assembly.


“As a proud OAS member, Canada looks forward to working with other OAS member states to advance our foreign policy priorities, democracy and human rights. The OAS is an important avenue for advancing Canada's goals to increase economic opportunity, strengthen security and institutions, and foster lasting relationships.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Held annually, the General Assembly is a foreign minister-level meeting and the primary decision-making body of the OAS.

  • The Organization of American States is the oldest regional organization in the world. It was founded in 1948 and is built on four pillars: democracy, human rights, security and development.

  • Canada became a full member of the OAS in 1990 and is committed to the Americas and to a rules-based international system.

  • Peru is Canada’s second-largest bilateral merchandise trading partner in South and Central America with $1.1 billion in exports and $4.0 billion in imports in 2021.

  • Canada and Peru work closely in multilateral organizations, such as the UN, World Trade Organization (WTO), Pacific Alliance, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and OAS.

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