Partners of the Americas Celebrates Pan American Day 2021

Will Webber, Membership Unit Associate Director

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Partners of the Americas (Partners) welcomes Pan American Day on April 14, 2021. This year, we celebrate the 131 years since nations throughout the Americas have formally come together to inspire collaboration and progress, as well as encourage mutual understanding of people from all nations.

Nations and governments throughout the Western Hemisphere have formally met and collaborated to discuss critical issues facing the prosperity and standard of living of their people since 1980, during the First Conference of American States. This conference then paved the way for the Pan-American Union, a precursor of today’s Organization of American States (OAS) established in 1948.

The essence of Pan American Day is at the core of the daily work of Partners, where every day is Pan American Day. Our Chapters and technical programs participate in cultural exchanges and partnerships located in 30 countries throughout the Americas.

Partners was founded 57 years ago in 1964 under U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress initiative. Since then, we have built on and expanded the vision of the First Conference of American States, developing people-to-people partnerships for greater mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

We would like to send warm congratulations to and support for our friends in 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, Uruguay, and Venezuela for their dedication to collaborating and changing lives for the better.