A common heritage as well as shared goals and values unite the Organization of American States (OAS) with its many partners in the region. In recent years, the OAS has established agreements and expanded affiliations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society as well as academic institutions aimed at advancing the work it carries out in the hemisphere and promoting its purposes and principles. Together, the OAS and this international community are building strong partnerships to surmount common concerns and further mutual success for the peoples of the Americas.