General Assembly of the Organization of American States

XXXVIII Regular Meeting – Medellín, 2008.

The General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The General Assembly came into being as a part of the restructuring of the OAS that took place following adoption of the Protocol of Buenos Aires (signed 27 February 1967; in force as of 12 March 1970), which contained extensive amendments to the Organization's Charter. Prior to these changes, the OAS's top body was the Inter-American Conference, which in turn was the successor to the International Conference of American States.

The Charter requires that the General Assembly convene once every year in a regular session. In special circumstances, and with the approval of two-thirds of the member states, the Permanent Council can convene special sessions.

The Organization's member states take turns hosting the General Assembly on a rotating basis. The states are represented at its sessions by their chosen delegates: generally, their ministers of foreign affairs, or their appointed deputies. Each state has one vote, and most matters – except for those for which the Charter or the General Assembly's own rules of procedure specifically require a two-thirds majority – are settled by a simple majority vote.

The General Assembly's powers include setting the OAS's general course and policies by means of resolutions and declarations; approving its budget and determining the contributions payable by the member states; approving the reports and previous year's actions of the OAS's specialized agencies; and electing members to serve on those agencies.


RankHost CityHost Country Date
1st San José  Costa Rica 14–23 April 1971
2nd Washington, D.C. United States 11–21 April 1972
3rd Washington, D.C. United States 4–15 April 1973
4th Atlanta United States 19 April – 1 May 1974
5thWashington, D.C. United States 8–19 May 1975
6thSantiago  Chile 4–18 June 1976
7thSt. George's  Grenada 14–22 June 1977
8thWashington, D.C. United States 21 June – 1 July 1978
9th La Paz  Bolivia 22–31 October 1979
10thWashington, D.C. United States 19–26 November 1980
11thCastries Saint Lucia 2–11 December 1981
12thWashington, D.C. United States 15–21 December 1982
13thWashington, D.C. United States 14–18 November 1983
14th Brasília  Brazil 12–17 November 1984
15thCartagena  Colombia 5–9 December 1985
16thGuatemala City Guatemala 11–15 November 1986
17thWashington, D.C. United States 9–14 November 1987
18thSan Salvador El Salvador 14–19 November 1988
19thWashington, D.C. United States 13–18 November 1989
20thAsunción  Paraguay 4–8 June 1990
21stSantiago  Chile 3–8 June 1991
22ndNassau Bahamas 18–23 May 1992
23rdManagua  Nicaragua 7–11 June 1993
24thBelém  Brazil 6–10 June 1994
25thMontrouis Haiti 5–9 June 1995
26th Panama City  Panama 3–7 June 1996
27thLima Peru 1–5 June 1997
28thCaracas  Venezuela 1–3 June 1998
29thGuatemala City Guatemala 6–8 June 1999
30thWindsor, Ontario  Canada 4–6 June 2000
31stSan José  Costa Rica 3–5 June 2001
32ndBridgetown Barbados 2–4 June 2002
33rdSantiago  Chile 8–10 June 2003
34thQuito Ecuador 6–8 June 2004
35thFort Lauderdale  United States 5–7 June 2005
36thSanto Domingo Dominican Republic 4–6 June 2006
37thPanama City  Panama 3–5 June 2007
38thMedellín  Colombia 1–3 June 2008
39thSan Pedro Sula  Honduras 2–3 June 2009[1]
40thLima  Peru 6–8 June 2010
41stSan Salvador  El Salvador 5–7 June 2011
42ndCochabamba  Bolivia 3-5 June 2012[2]
43rdLa Antigua  Guatemala 4-6 June 2013[3]
44thAsunción  Paraguay 3-5 June 2014[4]
45thWashington, D.C.  United States 15-16 June 2015[5]
46thSanto Domingo  Dominican Republic 13-15 June 2016[6]


  1. Palencia, Gustavo (May 28, 2009). "Big quake off Honduras kills 6, crumbles houses". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-05-30. The 39th General Assembly of the Organization of American States(OAS) will be held the week following a 7.3 Mw 2009 Honduras earthquake

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