The Organization of American States was established in 1948 with the signing of the Charter of the OAS in Bogotá, Colombia. The OAS was created to help the member states attain “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”
"Organization of American States,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 16
, Article 10.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol16/iss1/10