Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

May 16, 2011 // 9:30am11:30am

The Hon. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Adam Blackwell, Chief of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States; Francisco Lloreda, Presidential Counselor for Citizen Security, Colombia; Aminta Granera, Chief of the National Police, Nicaragua (invited); Lynne Anne Williams, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

The theme of the June 5-7, 2011 Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, held in El Salvador, was Citizen Security. OAS member states have affirmed that citizen security is a public good that the States have an obligation to provide. Citizen security strengthens support of effective democratic institutions and provides a foundation for peaceful and prosperous societies.

This event, which occurred prior to the General Assembly, funcioned as a briefing of sorts of issues to be raised at the OAS General Assembly, including "hot topics" in the Americas and the OAS approach to multidimensional security. Our esteemed panelists shared their own experiences and lessons learned as they assessed the practical operational challenges of applying a balanced approach to citizen security, effectively stopping criminality while respecting human rights and justice.

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