General assembly thirty-eighth regular session




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SUPPORT FOR AND FOLLOW-UP TO THE
SUMMITS OF THE AMERICAS PROCESS

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 3, 2008)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly (AG/doc.4820/08) as it pertains to the activities of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC);
HAVING SEEN ALSO resolutions AG/RES. 2171 (XXXVI-O/06), “Follow-up and Implementation of the Mandates of the Declaration of Mar del Plata and the Plan of Action of the Fourth Summit of the Americas,” and AG/RES. 2190 (XXXVI-O/06) and AG/RES. 2338 (XXXVII-O/07), “Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Process”;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Declarations and Plans of Action adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the First Summit of the Americas (Miami, 1994), the Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 1996), the Second Summit of the Americas (Santiago, 1998), the Third Summit of the Americas (Quebec City, 2001), the Special Summit of the Americas (Monterrey, Mexico, 2004), and the Fourth Summit of the Americas (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2005);
NOTING that at the XLVI Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group, held on September 12, 2006, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Argentine Republic officially transferred the chair of the Summits of the Americas process to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago;
BEARING IN MIND that the Fifth Summit of the Americas will take place in Trinidad and Tobago, in April 2009, with the theme “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability”;
RECALLING that, through resolution AG/RES. 1349 (XXV-O/95), the General Assembly established a special committee of the Permanent Council on inter-American summits management, and that, at its meeting of July 31, 2002, the Permanent Council decided to merge it with the Committee on Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities, thereby creating the CISC, in order to ensure effective, timely, and appropriate follow-up of the activities assigned to the Organization of American States (OAS) by the Summit of the Americas and to coordinate the Organization’s preparation, participation, and follow-up with regard to future Summits;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the acknowledgement at the Third Summit of the function that the CISC performs in coordinating the efforts of the OAS in support of the Summits of the Americas process and in serving as a forum for civil society to contribute to that process; as well as the establishment of the Summits Secretariat;

RECALLING that at Summits of the Americas the Heads of State and Government recognized the important role played by the OAS in the implementation of decisions of the Summits of the Americas, and that the Fourth Summit, in particular, recognized the pivotal role that the OAS plays in the implementation and follow-up of Summit mandates and instructed the General Secretariat to continue to act as technical secretariat; provide support for meetings of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), ministerial meetings, and specialized conferences; coordinate the participation of civil society; and ensure the dissemination of information on the Summits process and the commitments adopted by the countries; and


RECALLING ALSO that at the Fourth Summit the Heads of State and Government instructed members of the Joint Summit Working Group, comprising the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), under the coordination of the OAS, to continue, through their respective activities and programs, to support the follow-up and implementation of the Declarations and Plans of Actions of the Summits of the Americas, as well as to assist in the preparations for future Summits,
RESOLVES:


  1. To urge member states to continue to implement the commitments of the Summits of the Americas and to promote and disseminate them within their respective national governments.




  1. To renew the mandate to the Permanent Council to coordinate the activities assigned to the Organization of American States (OAS) by the Summits of the Americas.




  1. To instruct the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization to continue to give the highest priority to carrying out the initiatives assigned to them by the General Assembly, in accordance with the mandates of the Summits of the Americas, and to report on a regular basis on these activities, as appropriate, to the Permanent Council, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), and the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC).




  1. To request that the General Secretariat, through the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, continue to serve as the institutional memory and technical secretariat of the Summits of the Americas process, to support the follow-up and dissemination of Summit mandates, to offer support to member states in implementing the mandates of the Declaration of Mar del Plata and its Plan of Action, and to provide technical support in the preparation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009, and at future Summits of the Americas.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to provide updates to the CISC and to the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) on the ongoing implementation and follow-up of the commitments undertaken in the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of the Americas, the Declaration of Nuevo León, and the Declaration and Plan of Action of the Fourth Summit of the Americas.

  2. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue, through the Joint Summit Working Group, chaired by the OAS Summits Secretariat, to coordinate and promote the implementation and follow-up of the Plans of Action of the Summits of the Americas, the Declaration of Nuevo León, and the Declaration of Mar del Plata in all organs, agencies, and entities of the OAS. To request, further, that it hold at least one meeting a year of the heads of the member agencies of the Joint Summit Working Group to review progress made and plan joint activities, as a complement to the regular interagency meetings, and provide assistance in the preparatory activities for the Fifth Summit of the Americas.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to continue providing the necessary support for ministerial and sectoral meetings related to the implementation of Summit mandates and commitments on topics of interest to the OAS.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to make efforts, through the Summits Secretariat, to promote and disseminate in ministerial and sectoral meetings the mandates and commitments emanating from the Summits of the Americas so that these forums may contribute to their implementation.




  1. To request that the General Secretariat, through the Summits Secretariat, promote and disseminate among the various social actors the mandates and commitments emanating from the Summits of the Americas so that these actors may contribute to their implementation.




  1. To request the General Secretariat, within budgetary availability, to strengthen the Summits Secretariat by providing it with the human and financial resources it needs to support follow-up on implementation of the mandates of the Summits of the Americas.




  1. To urge member states to continue contributing to the Specific Fund for the Summit Implementation Review Group in order to provide financial support for the Group’s activities.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to submit to the Permanent Council, through the Summits Secretariat, systematic and detailed information on the budgetary and financial management of said Specific Fund.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to carry out the activities mentioned in this resolution within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources; and to instruct the Secretary General to seek additional voluntary funds to carry out the activities mentioned in this resolution.




  1. To request the General Secretariat, in particular the Summits Secretariat, to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2394 (XXXVIII-O/08)


FOLLOW-UP TO THE DECLARATION OF RECIFE
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 3, 2008)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly (AG/doc.4820/08) as it pertains to the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 2338 (XXXVII-O/07), “Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Process”;
BEARING IN MIND resolution AG/RES. 2318 (XXXVII-O/07), “Implementation of the Declaration of Recife,” and the report of the General Secretariat on follow-up to this resolution and on the activities of the High-Level Inter-American Network on Decentralization, Local Government, and Citizen Participation (RIAD) (CP/CISC-368/08);
RECALLING resolutions AG/RES. 1901 (XXXII-O/02), “Declaration of La Paz on Decentralization and on Strengthening Regional and Municipal Administrations and Participation of Civil Society”; AG/RES. 1993 (XXXIV-O/04), “Mexico City Plan of Action on Decentralization and Strengthening of Municipal and Regional Administrations and Citizen Participation”; and AG/RES. 2173 (XXXVI-O/06), “The Declaration of Recife,” adopted, respectively, following the first, second, and third Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities Responsible for Policies on Decentralization, Local Government, and Citizen Participation at the Municipal Level in the Hemisphere;
RECALLING ALSO that the ministerial meetings on decentralization and the RIAD were established to provide support for and institutional follow-up to the commitments undertaken by the Heads of State and Government at the Summits of the Americas in Santiago, Chile (1998) and Quebec City (2001), and those undertaken in the Declaration of Nuevo León (2004) and in the Plan of Action of the Fourth Summit of the Americas, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina (2005); and
REAFFIRMING ONCE AGAIN the recognition by the Summits of the Americas of the potential of regional and municipal governments to address and help strengthen democratic governance in the Americas,
RESOLVES:


  1. To note the progress made in the activities of the High-Level Inter-American Network on Decentralization, Local Government, and Citizen Participation (RIAD) and in the General Secretariat’s planning in preparation for the next ministerial meeting of the RIAD.




  1. To urge the RIAD to continue efforts towards consolidating the work undertaken by its steering committee, composed of Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Mexico, with the support of the technical secretariat and the Department for State Modernization and Good Governance of the Secretariat for Political Affairs. In that connection, to consider convening technical meetings for the exchange of experiences and expertise on decentralization processes in the search for solutions to challenges of mutual interest.




  1. To renew the mandate to the Permanent Council to convene the next ministerial meeting of the RIAD, within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2395 (XXXVIII-O/08)


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