James Lambert, Secretary of Hemispheric Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the Diplomatic, Policy and Parliamentary Session of the Peace Integration Summit, CUMIPAZ 2018, held in Guatemala City.
Lambert developed the conference "Governance and co-responsibility: The OAS as a factor of continental cohesion", which focused on diplomacy as a tool that unites the member states to work on the road back to democracy.
In his dissertation he pointed out that many of the challenges facing the OAS today are migration, globalization, cross-border crime, climate change, pandemic diseases, information technology accompanied by labor displacement and cyber security problems.
"The OAS, as the main multilateral and institutional organization in the region, plays a key role in the treatment of these common causes," he said.
Protection of Human Rights
James Lambert said that Human Rights do not exist in societies where there is no rule of law, and there is no rule of law in societies where human rights are not protected.
"Inequality is the worst impediment to development, and the worst inequality is that resulting from the lack of protection of the rights of citizens."
On the other hand, he indicated that the current objective of the OAS is to return to its original mandate: to serve as the main hemispheric body for the resolution of controversies and the promotion of democratic values.
He also emphasized that citizens must have full freedom to participate in the decision-making processes that determine the laws that govern them.
"It is through universal suffrage that citizens are guaranteed rights and responsibilities at the very heart of democracy," he said.