Organization of American States (OAS)

On April 30, 1948, 21 countries of the Western Hemisphere met in Bogotá, Colombia, to adopt the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), which affirmed their commitment to common goals and respect for each nation’s sovereignty. Since then, the OAS has expanded to include the nations of the Caribbean, as well as Canada (1990).

Today, made up of 35 member countries*, the OAS is the region’s premier political forum for multilateral dialogue and action. With four official languages - English, Spanish, French and Portuguese - the Organization reflects the rich diversity of peoples and cultures across the Americas. (Organization of American States).

List by Country:

List of Member Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba*
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

List of Permanent Observer Countries

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Estonia
  • European Union
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Holy See
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxemburg
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Yemen

* By resolution of the Eighth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1962), the current “Government of Cuba” is excluded from participation in the OAS.