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SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL COLLOQUIUM FOR FEMALE LEADERS

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



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly, in particular as it pertains to the Regional Colloquium for Female Leaders (AG/doc.5217/11);
AFFIRMING that gender equality is a core component of democracy and that the Inter-American Democratic Charter establishes that “States shall promote the full and equal participation of women in the political structures of their countries as a fundamental element in the promotion and exercise of a democratic culture”;
CONSIDERING:
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 committed to “encourage the full and equal participation of women in the political life and decision-making structures of our countries at all levels through laws and public policies that promote respect for women’s human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as gender equality, equity and parity”; and
That also at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government “recognize[d] the importance of considering the differentiated needs of women and men in promoting and ensuring the integration of the gender perspective as a cross cutting issue in national and hemispheric policies, plans and programmes to be implemented in the political, economic, labour, social and cultural spheres”;
RECALLING its resolution AG/RES. 2561 (XL-O/10) “Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality” in which member states were urged to “continue their efforts to develop public policies, strengthen institutional mechanisms for the advancement of girls and women, including young women, and enforce laws that promote respect for their human rights and gender equity and equality, including equal opportunity for women and men at all levels”;
BEARING IN MIND:
That the First Hemispheric Forum “Women’s Leadership for a Citizen’s Democracy” organized by the Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) (April 4 to 6, 2011, Washington, D.C.) recognized the progress made in advancing women’s human rights and leadership in the Americas and the need to ensure increased participation by women at decision-making levels in political bodies; and
That the CIM’s Biennial Program of Work 2011-2012 includes dedicating efforts towards training and skills development for professionals in member states on the exercise of leadership in dialogue processes, consensus-building and policy design and identifying areas for collaboration, networking and building partnerships with international cooperation agencies that address the issue of women’s rights and gender equality; and
AWARE of the importance of going beyond numerical increases in women’s participation in political office to also addressing the qualitative representation of women’s issues in all aspects of public life, including the representation of the rights and interests of women in the national political agenda;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan of the CIM identifies as one of its desired outcomes the establishment of the CIM as a “hemispheric forum of dialogue, debate, exchange and generation of agendas on gender equality and women’s rights in the construction of citizen’s democracy as well as to build intra-hemispheric bridges that create synergies and drive actions for change in the political arena”; and
That also in the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan of the CIM, the CIM expresses its aim to strengthen the capacity of women to exercise democratic leadership, and in so doing, advocate for public policies with gender perspectives;
WELCOMING the decision by Trinidad and Tobago to host a three-day Regional Colloquium for Female Leaders in June 2011 in Port of Spain with the objective of building the capacity of female leaders in the Americas to advocate for political reform, including greater representation of women at decision-making levels in political bodies and the adoption and implementation of effective quota laws; and
NOTING that the said Colloquium will comprise a training program to empower women in leadership positions to advocate for gender equality in various spheres and that this training program will be a collaborative venture among the Organization of American States, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CEWIL) and the Commonwealth Secretariat,
RESOLVES:


  1. To congratulate the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) for the successful hosting of the First Hemispheric Forum on “Women’s Leadership for a Citizen’s Democracy” and encourage the CIM to continue in its efforts to advocate for women’s human rights and gender equality.




  1. To thank the CIM for agreeing to provide technical support for the Regional Colloquium for Female Leaders to be held in June 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago.




  1. To encourage the participation of all member states in the Regional Colloquium in order to continue addressing the challenges which hinder women’s leadership at all levels in the Americas.




  1. The execution of the activities provided for in this resolution shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and of other resources.



AG/RES. 2689 (XLI-O/11)

PROMOTION OF WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS AND


GENDER EQUITY AND EQUALITY42/
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN:
The report of the Secretary General on the implementation of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP) (CP/CG-1856/11 corr. 1); and
Resolutions AG/RES. 1777 (XXXI-O/01), AG/RES. 1853 (XXXII-O/02), AG/RES. 1941 (XXXIII-O/03), AG/RES. 2023 (XXXIV-O/04), AG/RES. 2124 (XXXV-O/05), AG/RES. 2192 (XXXVI-O/06), AG/RES. 2324 (XXXVII-O/07), AG/RES. 2425 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2454 (XXXIX-O/09), and AG/RES. 2561 (XL-O/10), which take note of the Secretary General’s reports on the implementation of the IAP and of the outcomes mentioned in said reports of the actions undertaken to that end by the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization;
RECALLING:
That, through the adoption of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP) [AG/RES. 1732 (XXX-O/00)], the governments of the Hemisphere committed to developing decisive strategies to integrate a gender perspective in all spheres of public life as a way of attaining the ultimate goal of promoting and protecting women’s human rights and gender equity and equality, and achieving equality of rights and opportunities between women and men; and
That international forums such as the Summits of the Americas, the Special Conference on Security, held in Mexico, and the Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development, held in Bolivia, have reiterated the mandate to promote gender equity and equality in all areas; and
CONSIDERING:
The efforts that have been made by the Secretary General, with the support of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), to launch the OAS Gender Program and ensure that all OAS staff, especially senior staff in management positions and new staff members who work in priority areas, are given the opportunity to raise their awareness and build their capacity on gender issues; and
The role of the CIM as the technical advisory body of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) on all aspects of gender equity and equality and the importance of the CIM for follow-up on pertinent recommendations of the Summit and in preparation for the Sixth Summit of the Americas,
RESOLVES:


  1. To take note with appreciation of the Secretary General’s tenth report on the implementation of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP), submitted in fulfillment of resolution AG/RES. 2561 (XL-O/10); and to urge him to continue with its dissemination and implementation.




  1. To reaffirm its support for the work of the CIM as the principal forum for generating hemispheric policy on gender equality and women’s rights; and to continue to support the CIM’s efforts at follow-up and implementation of the IAP, including measures and recommendations for continued gender mainstreaming in the ministerial meetings on labor, justice, education, social development, science and technology, and sustainable development, in matters related to leadership, migration, violence, and peacebuilding, and natural disasters, among others, as well as in the follow-up to the mandates of the Summits of the Americas process.




  1. Once again to request the Permanent Council, in fulfillment of the mandates handed down by this Assembly, the Summits of the Americas, and the IAP, to continue its efforts to integrate a gender perspective into the work of its special committees, working groups, resolutions, activities, and initiatives, as the case may be, to ensure that they benefit women and men on an equal and equitable basis.




  1. To urge the member states to:




    1. Continue their efforts to develop public policies, strengthen institutional mechanisms for the advancement of girls and women, including young women, and enforce laws that promote respect for their human rights and gender equity and equality, including equal opportunity for women and men at all levels;




    1. Begin or continue, in accordance with their domestic law, and as appropriate, the compilation of statistics and analysis of data broken down by gender and race in all sectors, so as to better understand and address the differentiated impact of policies, programs, and projects on specific populations, among them girls, young women, adult women, the elderly, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and Afro-descendants.




    1. Support the CIM in the identification of new and emerging areas to be included in the IAP, within the framework of the four pillars of the OAS, subject to the availability of financial resources, and collaborate with the CIM in developing approaches to address them; and




    1. Continue to implement the commitments undertaken in the Declaration of the Inter-American Year of Women, “Women and Power: For a World of Equality” CIM/DEC. 10 (XXXV-O/10), adopted at the Thirty-fifth Assembly of Delegates of the CIM, held in Mexico from November 3 to 5, 2010.




  1. To urge the Secretary General to:




    1. Convene the Fourth Meeting of Ministers or Highest-Ranking Authorities Responsible for the Advancement of Women – REMIM IV, to be held in the last quarter of 2011 at OAS headquarters;




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      ontinue, with support from the CIM, promoting and working on full implementation of the IAP so as to achieve integration of a gender perspective into all OAS programs, activities, and policies;






    1. Request the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization to include in their annual reports to the General Assembly their initiatives to mainstream the gender perspective into their policies, programs, projects, and activities; and to forward that information to the CIM so that it may be included in the annual report to the General Assembly that is drawn up pursuant to this resolution; and




    1. To continue to implement, with the support of the CIM, the OAS Gender Program and to give priority, when allocating external resources, to activities that facilitate its expansion.




  1. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session, in coordination with the CIM, on the implementation of the Inter-American Program and 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.

FOOTNOTE

1. of the family, motherhood, and marriage; by the same token, references made to gender equity and equality apply specifically to men and women.

AG/RES. 2690 (XLI-O/11)

ATTENTION TO MIGRATORY FLOWS IN THE AMERICAS


WITH A HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


RECOGNIZING the importance of an holistic approach to the issue of migration that enables the establishment of national migration policies founded on full respect for the human rights of migrants and their families and on the principles of tolerance, solidarity, gender equality, justice, inclusion, social equity, and others;
EMPHASIZING that the American Convention on Human Rights recognizes that the essential rights of all persons are not derived from their being nationals of a certain state, but are based upon attributes of the human personality; and
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the recommendations of the Workshop on extracontinental migration flows in the Americas, held under the aegis of the Special Committee on Migration Issues (CEAM) on April 6, 2010, with the support of the Migration and Development Program (MIDE) of the OAS Department of Social Development and Employment, which recognize that migratory flows must be analyzed from an integrated perspective, taking into account the relevant provisions of international law, particularly international human rights law, and with a view to fostering international cooperation,
RESOLVES:


  1. To support those consultation mechanisms among the OAS, other international agencies, and the subregional consultation processes, to analyze migratory flows comprehensively, at all times from the perspective of international human rights law, to enhance cooperation in dealing with the topic.




  1. To invite the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to hold subregional workshops to train national authorities, in particular officials responsible for managing migration, and to continue cooperating with the interested OAS member states.




  1. To instruct the Permanent Council, to organize in the framework of the Special Committee on Migration Issues (CEAM), before the forty-second regular session of the OAS General Assembly, with support from the Migration and Development Program (MIDE) of the Department of Social Development and Employment of the Organization of American States (OAS), a seminar and workshop on migration issues, which shall include follow-up on the recommendations of the April 6, 2010 workshop on extracontinental migratory flows in the Americas.




  1. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly, at its forty-second regular session, on the implementation of this resolution.




  1. The execution of the activities provided for in this resolution shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2691 (XLI-O/11)

SUPPORT FOR THE WORK OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA COMMISSION
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


TAKING NOTE of United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/155, Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations, of December 20, 2010;
RECOGNIZING that the Caribbean Sea has unique biodiversity and highly fragile ecosystems;
BEARING IN MIND the heavy reliance of most of the Caribbean economies on their coastal areas, as well as on the marine environment in general, to achieve their sustainable development goals;
RECOGNIZING the efforts of the Association of Caribbean States in developing and implementing regional initiatives to promote the sustainable conservation and management of coastal and marine resources;
RECALLING also the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, signed at Cartagena de Indias, on 24 March 1983, and the protocols thereto, which inter alia provides a framework for contracting parties to take all appropriate measures in conformity with international law and in accordance with this Convention and those of its protocols in force to which they are parties to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the Convention area and to ensure sound environmental management, using for this purpose the best practicable means at their disposal and in accordance with their capabilities
RECALLING the creation by the Association of Caribbean States of the Caribbean Sea Commission to promote and oversee the sustainable use of the Caribbean Sea; and
TAKING NOTE that the work of the Caribbean Sea Commission, includes scientific, technical, governance and outreach components, all with a focus on living marine resources of the Wider Caribbean Sea, including linkages with the productive sectors such as fisheries and tourism, and transportation and considering the threats posed by climate change, as well as the role of the seas as a carbon sink,
RESOLVES:


  1. To encourage member states to support: to the extent possible, the Caribbean Sea Commission in its work.




  1. To invite the Inter-American Council for Integral Development and the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, as appropriate, to support the Caribbean Sea Commission, in the mobilization of financial resources, capacity-building, the development of technical and technological cooperation, and the exchange of experiences in the field in which the Commission is actively engaged.




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    o invite the Association of Caribbean States to submit to the Secretary-General a Report on the progress made in the implementation of this present resolution for consideration of the General Assembly at its forty-third session.






  1. To request the Permanent Council and the Secretary General to report to the General Assembly at its forty-third regular session on the implementation of this resolution.




  1. Execution of the activities envisaged in this resolution will be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2692 (XLI-O/11)




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