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The Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) is one of six Secretariats that operate under the direction of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States. The department's stated mission is to support and facilitate the development of Democracy, multilateral security, and human rights in the 35 member states of the OAS. SEDI operates in six main issue areas, and has a corresponding office for each issue. These include: Education and Culture; Trade and Tourism; Sustainable Development; Social Development and Employment; Science and Technology; and Human Development.
In support of its stated mission, SEDI has many ongoing projects. The Knowledge Based Society Program is committed to the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies. The Technical Cooperation Fund contributes to the improvement of living conditions in the Americas. The Sustainable Tourism Enterprise Project (STEP) works with the Caribbean hospitality industry to support sustainable development in that field. For example, STEP worked in cooperation with the private sector to create a website for small, sustainable business owners to connect with one another and with hospitality experts from around the world. Another website allows prospective tourists to compare profiles of participating Caribbean hotels and book reservations directly from the hotel.