22 U.S. Code § 290q - Organization of American States revitalization and reform strategy
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Organization of American States revitalization and reform strategy
(1) In generalNot later than 180 days after October 2, 2013, the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives a multiyear strategy that—
identifies a path toward the adoption of necessary reforms that prioritize and reinforce the OAS’s core competencies described in section 4(8);
(B) outlines an approach to secure from the OAS effective adoption of—
a results-based budgeting process in order to strategically prioritize, and where appropriate, reduce current and future mandates; and
(2) Policy priorities and coordinationThe Secretary of State shall—
carry out diplomatic engagement to build support for reforms and budgetary burden sharing among OAS member states and observers; and
(b) BriefingsThe Secretary of State shall offer to the committees referred to in subsection (a)(1) a quarterly briefing that—
analyzes the progress made by the OAS to adopt and effectively implement a results-based budgeting process in order to strategically prioritize, and where appropriate, reduce current and future mandates;
analyzes the progress made by the OAS to adopt and effectively implement transparent and merit-based human resource standards and practices and transparent hiring, firing, and promotion standards and processes, including with respect to factors such as gender and national origin;
analyzes the progress made by the OAS to adopt and effectively implement a practice of soliciting member quotas to be paid on a schedule that will improve the consistency of its operating budget; and
References in Text
“This Act [enacting this section and provisions set out as notes under this section] may be cited as the ‘Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013’.”
“Congress makes the following findings:
“(1) The Charter of the Organization of American States recognizes that—
representative democracy is indispensable for the stability, peace, and development of the Western Hemisphere; and
a purpose of the Organization of American States is to promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of nonintervention.
“(2) The United States supports the purposes and principles enshrined in—
the Charter of the Organization of American States;
the Inter-American Democratic Charter; and
the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man.
The United States supports the Organization of American States in its efforts with all member states to meet our commitments under the instruments set forth in paragraph (2).
Congress supports the Organization of American States as it operates in a manner consistent with the Inter-American Democratic Charter.”
Statement of Policy
“It is the policy of the United States—
to promote democracy and the rule of law throughout the Western Hemisphere;
to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Western Hemisphere; and
to support the practices, purposes, and principles expressed in the Charter of the Organization of American States, the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and other fundamental instruments of democracy.”
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