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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
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
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