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.
|Rank||Host city||Host 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|
|5th||Washington, D.C.||United States||8–19 May 1975|
|6th||Santiago||Chile||4–18 June 1976|
|7th||St. George's||Grenada||14–22 June 1977|
|8th||Washington, D.C.||United States||21 June – 1 July 1978|
|9th||La Paz||Bolivia||22–31 October 1979|
|10th||Washington, D.C.||United States||19–26 November 1980|
|11th||Castries||Saint Lucia||2–11 December 1981|
|12th||Washington, D.C.||United States||15–21 December 1982|
|13th||Washington, D.C.||United States||14–18 November 1983|
|14th||Brasília||Brazil||12–17 November 1984|
|15th||Cartagena||Colombia||5–9 December 1985|
|16th||Guatemala City||Guatemala||11–15 November 1986|
|17th||Washington, D.C.||United States||9–14 November 1987|
|18th||San Salvador||El Salvador||14–19 November 1988|
|19th||Washington, D.C.||United States||13–18 November 1989|
|20th||Asunción||Paraguay||4–8 June 1990|
|21st||Santiago||Chile||3–8 June 1991|
|22nd||Nassau||Bahamas||18–23 May 1992|
|23rd||Managua||Nicaragua||7–11 June 1993|
|24th||Belém||Brazil||6–10 June 1994|
|25th||Montrouis||Haiti||5–9 June 1995|
|26th||Panama City||Panama||3–7 June 1996|
|27th||Lima||Peru||1–5 June 1997|
|28th||Caracas||Venezuela||1–3 June 1998|
|29th||Guatemala City||Guatemala||6–8 June 1999|
|30th||Windsor, Ontario||Canada||4–6 June 2000|
|31st||San José||Costa Rica||3–5 June 2001|
|32nd||Bridgetown||Barbados||2–4 June 2002|
|33rd||Santiago||Chile||8–10 June 2003|
|34th||Quito||Ecuador||6–8 June 2004|
|35th||Fort Lauderdale||United States||5–7 June 2005|
|36th||Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic||4–6 June 2006|
|37th||Panama City||Panama||3–5 June 2007|
|38th||Medellín||Colombia||1–3 June 2008|
|39th||San Pedro Sula||Honduras||2–3 June 2009|
|40th||Lima||Peru||6–8 June 2010|
|41st||San Salvador||El Salvador||5–7 June 2011|
|42nd||Cochabamba||Bolivia||3–5 June 2012|
|43rd||La Antigua||Guatemala||4–6 June 2013|
|44th||Asunción||Paraguay||3–5 June 2014|
|45th||Washington, D.C.||United States||15–16 June 2015|
|46th||Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic||13–15 June 2016|
|47th||Cancún||Mexico||18–21 June 2017|
|48th||Washington, D.C.||United States||4–5 June 2018|
|49th||Medellín||Colombia||26–28 June 2019|
|50th||Washington, D.C.||United States||20–21 October 2020|
|51st||Guatemala City (Virtual)||Guatemala||10–12 November 2021|
|52nd||Lima||Peru||5–7 October 2022|
|53rd||Washington, D.C.||United States||21–23 June 2023|
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