Message from the Ambassador of Canada to the Organization of American States

Ambassador Jennifer Loten

Jennifer Loten,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States

Canada is a country of the Americas. Through active engagement at the OAS we collaborate to build a hemisphere that offers security, opportunity and justice to the peoples of the Americas.

The OAS has important convening power that allows our delegation to put strong Canadian values like respect for human rights, democratic institutions, diversity and equity at the centre of interactions between member states.

At its best, the OAS mobilises the countries of the Americas to speak together as a strong voice for democratic values and to fight for rights and equality by implementing the values and principles enshrined in its foundational agreements including the OAS Charter, the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and the Declaration on Hemispheric Security. OAS core institutions have sought to expand access to the benefits, privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the Americas for the most vulnerable populations and to constantly increase our expectations of the democratically elected governments of the Americas.

It is a great privilege to represent Canada amongst our Americas friends, knowing that over the 25+ years of membership at the OAS, we have made significant contributions to some of the OAS’s greatest collective achievements for the Americas. Canada has much more to do!

Jennifer Loten,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States