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Irene Klinger
Director

Department of International Affairs
moas@oas.org
Tel:(202)458-6072






 


 

 

 

 



BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE MODEL OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (MOAS)

MOAS Presentation

The Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) is a simulation exercise of the proceedings of the OAS Permanent Council and of the annual regular sessions of the General Assembly of the OAS.  During the MOAS students engage in general debate, lobbying, caucusing and negotiation, and participate in working groups.

Each participating high school or university (according to the type of MOAS) represents one of the OAS Member States.  Countries are assigned by the Department of International Affairs (SER/DIA) of the OAS.  Each delegation consists of ten (10) delegates and one faculty advisor. Students discuss current Hemispheric issues during committee meetings, and throughout the Model, they advocate their assigned countries’ policies and interests.  All meetings are held in strict accordance to the MOAS Rules of Procedure and the Code of Conduct.  Delegates must have a working knowledge of the OAS functions and its basic documents, as well as a thorough knowledge of the MOAS rules, which must be observed throughout the sessions.  Students draft resolution proposals following the Instructions for Drafting Resolutions, lobby for their support from other participating delegations, and once they have obtained that support, defend those proposals during debate in their Committees. 

Many universities from the United States that participate in the Washington MOAS (WMOAS) have programs and/or courses about the Model OAS.  A few of the study plans (syllabi) from these universities can be found on the WMOAS webpage under “Sample Class Syllabi for MOAS”.  The faculty advisors of the delegations that plan to participate in future MOAS may use these plans as a guide to prepare their students, provided that they take into consideration intellectual property rights.

MEMBER STATE DELEGATIONS

1.      Antigua and Barbuda

18.  Guyana

2.      Argentina

19.  Haiti

3.      The Bahamas

20.  Jamaica

4.      Barbados

21.  Mexico

5.      Belize

22.  Nicaragua

6.      Bolivia

23.  Panama

7.      Brazil

24.  Paraguay

8.      Canada

25.  Peru

9.      Chile

26.  Saint Kitts and Nevis

10.  Colombia

27.  Saint Lucia

11.  Costa Rica

28.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

12.  Dominica

29.  Suriname

13.  Dominican Republic

30.  Trinidad and Tobago

14.  Ecuador

31.  United States

15.  El Salvador

32.  Uruguay

16.  Grenada

33.  Venezuela

17.  Guatemala

 

 

MODEL OAS GENERAL SECRETARIAT STAFF

MODEL OAS COMMUNICATION CENTER

OBSERVERS

Delegations representing a Permanent Observer to the OAS may have up to three delegates (one of them must be a faculty member).  Participation as a MOAS Observer generally benefits those institutions that attend the MOAS for the first time or plan to attend in the future. A reduced participation fee will be applied.

PARTICIPATION FEE

The participation fee is US$900.00 per delegation and is non-refundable.  All delegations, including the Model OAS General Secretariat staff and the Model OAS Communication Center must pay the participation fee.

MOAS LOCATION

FOR HIGH SCHOOLS:  The Model OAS General Assembly for high schools is held at the OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006.  Any OAS Member State may request to host National MOAS for high school.

FOR UNIVERSITIES:  Model OAS General Assemblies for universities are held in any OAS Member State that offers to host it, and they can be organized at national, regional or international levels.  The Washington MOAS (WMOAS) is held annually in Washington, D.C., in early April.

Information:

Irene Klinger

Director

Department of International Affairs

Secretariat for External Relations

Tel: 202-458-6072

Fax: 202-458-6319
moas@oas.org