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The "Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación la Ciencia y
la Cultura" (OEI) in English (Iberoamerican States Organization for Education,
Science and Culture) has 23 members: the 18 independent American Spanish
speaking countries, plus Puerto Rico, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Equatorial
Guinea. Its goal is to achieve the cooperation in culture, technology and to
improve integration and democracy among its members.
Headquarters are in Madrid.
Yearly from 1991 until now, it organizes the "Cumbre Iberoamericana de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno" (in English "Iberoamerican Heads of State and Government Summit").
The city where it is held changes every year. All the Iberoamerican presidents plus the Spain and Portugal prime ministers meet together with the King of Spain.
So 21 Presidents and Prime Ministers plus the King of Spain sign a declaration at the end of every summit. King Juan Carlos of Spain and Cuba's president Fidel Castro are the only two attending all the summits from 1991, the other presidents change in every election.
I think the Summit tries to be a kind of "Hispanic Commonwealth", but this Summit has no secretariat.
The website of OEI is: http://www.oei.es/index.html
Mario Luis Pienovi, 14 February 2005
Organization of Ibero-American States (Portuguese: Organização dos Estados
Ibero-americanos, Spanish: Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, usually
abbreviated OEI), formally the Organization of Ibero-American States for
Education, Science and Culture, is aninternational organization whose members
are the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking nations of the Americas and Europe and
Equatorial Guinea in Africa. Its purpose is to promote intergovernmental
cooperation among its member nations which will aid the planning and development
of regional projects in education, science, technology and the arts. Financing
of OEI operations and programs is derived from obligatory quotas and voluntary
contributions from the governments of member nations and private cultural and
educational institutions and foundations. The honorary president of the
organization is King Juan Carlos I of Spain. It is an international framework of
cooperation among former Spanish and Portuguese colonies during the XV-XIX
centuries, much like the Commonwealth or the
Its members are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Its General Secretariat is located in Madrid, with regional offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico and Peru and field offices in Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. "
For additional information go to: OEI (official websites) http://www.oei.es/ (Spanish) http://www.oeibrpt.org/ (Portuguese)
Esteban Rivera, 06 April 2014
The flag shows a white
schematic human figure on the blue/green globe with OEI under on a white sheet.
Knut A. Berg, 15 February 2005
The flag is the
logo on a white horizontal flag, as seen in this
picture (second flag from left to right):
Source: Vicepresidency of Colombia, official website. Picture taken on March 28, 2014 by David Salas.
Esteban Rivera, 06 April 2014
image by Fred Drews