The OAS should be the principal multilateral forum for political dialogue in the hemisphere. The pillars that should guide the work of the OAS and its Secretariat, relating to democracy, human rights, security and development, need to be revitalized, and serve as the basis for building a positive agenda. This will be possible only if we return to the path of dialogue, agreements, and negotiations that respect differences. In short, it is a matter of building unity in diversity, in accordance with the mandate of the Organization’s founding Charter and with international law. This task is achievable; facilitating dialogue and agreement among its 34 States is a very similar role to the one I played when working for the 193 States that make up the United Nations General Assembly.

The OAS has, in its normative and foundational instruments, the potential to bring divergent positions together, reach agreements, and overcome conflicts. We can promote peace and unity in the hemisphere, not confrontation and division.

My vision for the OAS

Strengthen the leadership role of the OAS in the hemispheric context, with renewed legitimacy and credibility, around its four pillars of work.
Ensure that the collective and individual rights of all people are respected and guaranteed, and to listen especially to the voice of groups whose rights are most at risk.
Build a greater sense of hemispheric community in which we recover the principles of cooperation and solidarity contained in the Charter.
Enhance the Organization’s capacity for dialogue with other regional integration mechanisms and international bodies.
Uphold respect for the sovereign equality of States, which establishes equal rights and responsibilities for each of the members of the Organization.
Enhance the Organization’s capacity for dialogue with other regional integration mechanisms and international bodies.
Ensure respect for the sovereignty of States and base decisions and management of the Organization on strict adherence to procedures, the principle of legality and international law.

Interviews

EL UNIVERSO | CONAIE SUPPORTS MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA’S OAS CANDIDACY
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LA NACIÓN | THE GOVERNMENT IS LEANING TOWARDS ESPINOSA TO SUCCEED ALMAGRO IN THE OAS
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MUNDIARIO | MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA, A WOMAN TO LEAD A 21ST CENTURY OAS
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EL PAÍS | “THE OAS SHOULD NOT BE A PROSECUTOR WHO DECIDES WHO IS GOOD OR BAD”
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CNG MEDIA | THE CARIBBEAN CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE OAS ANNOUNCES ACCEPTANCE
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FRANCE 24 : ECUADORIAN MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA ANNOUNCES HER CANDIDACY FOR OAS CHIEF
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EL UNIVERSO | MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA: IT’S TIME TO HAVE A WOMAN AT THE FRONT OF THE OAS
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LA REPÚBLICA | ESPINOSA PROMISES TO BE A “BRIDGE” IN THE OAS AND PUT ASIDE HER OPINIONS
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NTN 24 | MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA: THE WOMAN WHO WANTS TO PUT A FEMININE TOUCH ON THE OAS SECRETARIAT
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AP | ECUADORIAN EX-CHANCELLOR: IT’S TIME FOR A WOMAN TO LEAD THE OAS
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TNT 24 | MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA ASPIRES TO THE OAS GENERAL SECRETARIAT
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EL COMERCIO | ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA SENT A LETTER TO THE OAS TO APPLY FOR MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
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