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SEVENTH INTER-AMERICAN MEETING OF
MINISTERS OF EDUCATION WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF CIDI

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN:
Resolutions CIDI/RES. 242 (XV-O/10) and AG/RES. 2589 (XL-O/10), “Report of the Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of CIDI”, and CIDI/RES. 254 (XVI-O/11), “Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the Framework of CIDI”; and
Resolutions CEPCIDI/RES. 178 (CLXVI-O/11) “Convocation of the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the Framework of CIDI;
Resolutions CEPCIDI/RES. 175/10 (CLXIV-O/10) and CEPCIDI/RES. 180 (CLXVII-O/11) “Strengthening of the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI): Establishment of a Transition Period Aimed at Putting into Practice the Proposed Structure for FEMCIDI”, and “Key themes for partnership for development in the Education Sector within the framework of the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development” respectively;
CONSIDERING:
That, at the Fourth Summit of the Americas, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November 4 and 5, 2005, the Heads of State and Government recognized the importance of access to education as a core component of the fight against poverty and inequality in our countries and committed to improving both access to and the quality of basic education, recognizing that providing educational opportunities is an investment in the future of the peoples of the Americas;
That at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on April 17-19, 2009, the Heads of State and Government recognized “that education is a lifelong process that promotes social inclusion and democratic citizenship and allows people to contribute fully to the development of society […]”;
That at the Fifth Summit of the Americas the Heads of State and Government also ‘[…] called on the Ministers of Education, with the support of the OAS, specialized international and regional institutions, and civil society organizations, to develop strategies to make quality secondary education accessible to all our young people by 2015, especially the most vulnerable groups and those with special education needs”; and that “[t]hese strategies should be based on the principles of equity, quality, relevance, and efficiency in education, taking into account the gender perspective and student diversity, and should also encourage innovation and creativity”; and
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That it is incumbent on the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), in the framework of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development (2006-2009), to foster dialogue to promote the development of education as one of its priority areas;
That, as part of the follow-up process for the Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Education within the Framework of CIDI, the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) met in Guayaquil, Ecuador on November 9 and 10, 2010;
That the member states have undertaken, with support from the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), significant work to follow-up on the Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Education within the Framework of CIDI and are engaged in preparations for the seventh ministerial meeting; and
HAVING SEEN the note from the Permanent Mission of Suriname offering to host the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of CIDI (CEPCIDI/INF.106/10),
RESOLVES:


  1. To accept with gratitude the offer by the Government of Suriname to host the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of CIDI in Paramaribo, Suriname, on March 1 and 2, 2012.




  1. To acknowledge the importance of the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of CIDI as an occasion to assess the results of policy dialogue and technical cooperation carried out under the Work Plan of the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) and to provide guidance to the CIE on adjustments or additions to its Work Plan, with the objective of supporting member states in their efforts to improve the quality and equity of their educational systems.




  1. To acknowledge the progress made in putting into practice the new structure of the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI) and specially to incorporate the education sector.




  1. To highlight the importance of approving the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI) projects in education under its new structure in advance of the celebration of the Seventh Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education within the framework of CIDI.




  1. To request the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development to expedite the preparation of the programmatic approaches for each of the selected key themes in education and to continue supporting the FEMCIDI transition period, and the Secretariat for External Relations to work under the guidance of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) and in coordination with SEDI in mobilizing additional resources and cooperation initiatives in support of the selected themes.




  1. To call upon the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI), the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) and the IACD to continue working to implement the new FEMCIDI structure in the education sector.




  1. T

    o call upon the member states to actively support in the Seventh Meeting of Ministers of Education in the Framework of CIDI by sending their highest education authorities.






  1. To request the CIE, with the help of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), to continue supporting the process of preparation and follow-up of meetings in the education area, and to provide regular updates on that process to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI).




  1. To request Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution. The execution of the activities envisaged herein shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2644 (XLI-O/11)

REPORT OF THE SECOND INTER-AMERICAN MEETING OF MINISTERS
AND HIGH-LEVEL AUTHORITIES ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF CIDI
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions CIDI/RES. 187 (XI-O/06) and AG/RES. 2211 (XXXVI-O/06), “First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of CIDI”; CIDI/RES. 199 (XII-O/07), AG/RES. 2312 (XXXVII-O/07), “Report of the First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of CIDI”; CIDI/RES. 236 (XV-O/10) and AG/RES. 2572 (XL-O/10), “Second Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of CIDI”, and CIDI/RES. 255 (XVI-O/11), “Report of the Second Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of CIDI”; and
BEARING IN MIND:
That the Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in 1996, instructed the OAS to coordinate follow-up on the various decisions of that Summit, and to convene the necessary meetings at the appropriate level for that purpose;
That the Declarations of the Summits of the Americas note that the ministerial meetings are producing important results in support of the mandates of the Summits process and that this cooperation should be continued;
That in the framework of the Summits process, the Heads of State and Government of the Americas have undertaken to coordinate international efforts to support sustainable development policies;
That the Heads of State and Government of the Americas, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago from April 17 to 19, 2009, called for the ministers and authorities responsible for sustainable development to meet in 2010, under the auspices of the OAS; and

That it is of the utmost importance for the Hemisphere to hold a ministerial meeting on sustainable development in order to bring the priorities, needs, and recommendations of the highest authorities responsible for sustainable development in the Americas to the attention of the highest political authorities; and


CONSIDERING:
That in the framework of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 2006-2009, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) is responsible for promoting the dialogue on sustainable development and the environment as one of its priority areas;
That the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of CIDI was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from November 17 - 19, 2010, with technical support provided by the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI); and
That three preparatory meetings were held: the first on June 28 and 29, 2010, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS); the second in Mexico, on September 6 and 7, 2010, at which significant progress was made on the draft declaration; and the third on November 17, 2010, in Santo Domingo, to conclude the negotiations;
That a broad and inclusive process was held, which allowed the participation of civil society and other social actors, including youth and the private sector, enabling their experiences to be harnessed for the topics addressed at the meeting;
That the dialogue of the Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development focused on the theme “Toward sustainable development in the Americas” and this event offered an opportunity to follow up on the Declaration of Santa Cruz +10 and on the implementation of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS) (2006–2009), as well as to discuss vulnerability in the context of sustainable development, risk management and planning, and institutional and management aspects related to climate change; and
That the Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development adopted the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas (CIDI/RIMDS-II/DEC.1/10) 18/
That the mentioned Declaration,19/ among other conclusions, extended the PIDS for the period 2010-2014, and decided to convene regular meetings of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS); and
HAVING SEEN the report of the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development (CIDI/RIMDS-II/doc.8/11),
RESOLVES:


  1. To commend the Government of the Dominican Republic on its successful holding of the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development within the Framework of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI).




  1. To endorse the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas (CIDI/RIMDS-II/DEC.1/10).20/

2bis. To urge the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS) to report on progress in its process for the revision and update of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS) (2006-2009).




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue, through the Department of Sustainable Development of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), to support member states in their efforts to continue the exchange of information, experiences, and best practices to strengthen the sustainable development agenda in the framework of the OAS.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat, through the Department of Sustainable Development of SEDI, to work with authorities for sustainable development in implementing the measures and decisions adopted at the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development, and to report periodically on this process to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI).




    1. To welcome the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and to reiterate the full commitment of all the countries in the region to the success of the Conference.




    1. To request the Inter-American Council for Integral Development to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution, execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

FOOTNOTE
1. …the Declaration seeks to place a commercial value on environmental services and to develop carbon markets and because it does not reflect, in a balanced way, the positions of all the OAS member states. The Plurinational State of Bolivia considers that no monetary value can or should be attached to functions performed by nature; much less should they be the object of a market.


2 …the Declaration seeks to place a commercial value on environmental services and to develop carbon markets and because it does not reflect, in a balanced way, the positions of all the OAS member states. The Plurinational State of Bolivia considers that no monetary value can or should be attached to functions performed by nature; much less should they be the object of a market.



  1. …the Declaration seeks to place a commercial value on environmental services and to develop carbon markets and because it does not reflect, in a balanced way, the positions of all the OAS member states. The Plurinational State of Bolivia considers that no monetary value can or should be attached to functions performed by nature; much less should they be the object of a market.

AG/RES. 2645 (XLI-O/11)




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