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The Meetings of Consultation consists of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from each member state “to consider problems of an urgent nature and of common interest to the American States”. These meetings can be requested by any member state who has ratified the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (1947). The Permanent Council of the Organization approves the Meeting through an absolute majority and prepares the agenda and rules of procedure for the Meeting.
The Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs is responsible for (Chapter X, Charter of the OAS):
- Considering problems of an urgent nature and of common interest to the American States
How does it help tackle violence against women?
Although the Meetings of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs are largely concerned with the maintenance of peace and security between member states, it has created mechanisms that have helped to tackle VAW. At the 5th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs called for the creation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – one of the primary human rights bodies within the OAS (see also the Inter-American Court of Human Rights).
Want more? You can access information on previous Meetings on the Permanent Council’s website