MECHANISM TO FOLLOW UP ON IMPLEMENTATION OF
THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION, PUNISHMENT, AND ERADICATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, “CONVENTION OF BELÉM DO PARÁ”
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN resolutions AG/RES. 2162 (XXXVI-O/06), AG/RES. 2330 (XXXVII-O/07), AG/RES. 2371 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2451 (XXXIX-O/09), and AG/RES. 2544 (XL-O/10), “Mechanism to Follow Up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, ‘Convention of Belém do Pará’”;
TAKING NOTE of the Permanent Council report on the implementation of the Mechanism to Follow Up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, “Convention of Belém do Pará” (MESECVI) (CP/CG-1855/11 corr. 1) and addendum 1 thereto, on the results of the Third Conference of States Parties to the MESECVI;
RECALLING that the Convention of Belém do Pará, adopted in 1994 and ratified, to date, by 32 member states of the OAS, is the first binding international legal instrument that specifically addresses gender-based violence, whereby the states parties undertake to implement policies, laws, and programs of action to eradicate violence against women;
RECALLING ALSO that the Statute of the MESECVI establishes that the Mechanism consists of the Conference of States Parties and the Committee of Experts (CEVI), and that the Secretariat of both is the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, through the Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission of Women, with advisory services provided, as appropriate, by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights;
BEARING IN MIND that during the Third Conference of States Parties to the MESECVI, held in Antigua, Guatemala, on March 24 and 25, 2011, States Parties formally concluded the First Multilateral Evaluation Round, and adopted the Follow-up Report on the Recommendations Made by the CEVI to governments (MESECVI-III/doc.57/11), which is referred to the OAS General Assembly in addendum 1 to the Permanent Council report on the implementation of the MESECVI;
BEARING IN MIND ALSO that the Conference agreed on measures to strengthen the Mechanism, which are contained in addendum 2 to the aforementioned Permanent Council report on the implementation of the MESECVI; and
NOTING WITH CONCERN that the human and financial resources at the disposal of the Technical Secretariat of the MESECVI have not, since its inception, been sufficient to ensure its stable, full, and effective operation, and that financial contributions to date have not brought about a process whereby the MESECVI is able to provide technical support to governments that need and have requested it,
To take note of the Permanent Council’s report on the activities undertaken by the Mechanism to Follow Up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, “Convention of Belém do Pará” (MESECVI) (CP/CG-1855/11 corr. 1) and addenda 1 and 2 thereto, with the most noteworthy results of the Third Conference of States Parties to the MESECVI.
To endorse the agreements reached at the Third Conference of States Parties to the MESECVI as well as the Follow-up Report on the Recommendations Made by the CEVI to governments; and to reiterate its commitment to strengthening the MESECVI and to making progress with the Second Multilateral Evaluation Round.
To urge the member states that have not already done so to give prompt consideration to ratifying or acceding to, as the case may be, the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, “Convention of Belém do Pará.”
To renew its invitation to all the states parties as well as states not party to the Convention, permanent observers, many of which have extensive legislation and programming to combat violence against women, international financial institutions, civil society, and the private sector, to contribute to the specific fund set up to finance the operation of the MESECVI, or to make other types of contributions, such as providing the Mechanism with human resources to enable it to meet its work schedule and ensure its optimal functioning, hosting international meetings as necessary, holding workshops, and sharing experiences and best practices.
To express appreciation to the Government of Mexico for its annual financial contribution to the specific fund of the Mechanism, as well as to the Governments of Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, which contributed to the fund in 2010, to the Government of Costa Rica for hosting the Sixth Meeting of Experts of the MESECVI, held in San José from August 22 to 24, 2010, and to the Government of Guatemala for hosting the Third Conference of States Parties to the MESECVI, held in Antigua on March 24 and 25, 2011.
To invite the states parties to the Convention to facilitate the participation of experts in meetings of the Committee of Experts (CEVI); and to urge those states parties that have not yet done so to appoint their respective expert and competent national authority.
To urge the states parties to disseminate widely, including in the media, the objectives and importance of the MESECVI and to continue disseminating the reports and recommendations of the CEVI resulting from the First Multilateral Evaluation Round to public agencies and to civil society as a whole.
To request the Secretary General to allocate, in accordance with available financial resources, the necessary human, technical, and financial resources for the CIM to continue supporting the implementation of the MESECVI.
o reiterate its appreciation to the Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) for its support to the states parties in the process of implementing the MESECVI; and to express appreciation for the invaluable role played by the Mechanism’s Technical Secretariat in helping to meet the objectives of the Convention of Belém do Pará.
To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution.
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. 2693 (XLI-O/11)