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SOCIAL CHARTER OF THE AMERICAS: RENEWAL OF THE HEMISPHERIC COMMITMENT TO FIGHT POVERTY IN THE REGION

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



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN:
Resolutions AG/RES. 2056 (XXXIV-O/04), and AG/RES. 2139 (XXXV-O/05), “Draft Social Charter of the Americas: Renewal of the Hemispheric Commitment to Fight Extreme Poverty in the Region”; AG/RES. 2241 (XXXVII-O/06), “Social Charter of the Americas: Renewal of the Hemispheric Commitment to Fight Extreme Poverty in the Region”; AG/RES. 2278 (XXXVII-O/07); and AG/RES. 2363 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2449 (XXXIX-O/09) and AG/RES. 2542 (XL-O/10) “Social Charter of the Americas: Renewal of the Hemispheric Commitment to Fight Extreme Poverty in the Region”; and
The report on the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 2542 (XL-O/10), contained in document CP/doc.4649/11);
CONSIDERING that the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) establishes as one of the Organization’s essential purposes the eradication of extreme poverty, which constitutes an obstacle to the full democratic development of the peoples of the Hemisphere;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the Inter-American Democratic Charter states that democracy is essential for the social, political, and economic development of the peoples of the Americas;
That the Inter-American Democratic Charter also states that poverty, illiteracy, and low levels of human development are factors that adversely affect the consolidation of democracy; and
That the promotion and observance of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights are inherently linked to integral development and to equitable economic growth;
RECALLING the Declarations of the Summits of the Americas, the Declaration of Margarita on poverty, equity, and social inclusion, the Monterrey Consensus, and other pertinent OAS documents;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the elimination of extreme poverty is an essential part of the promotion and consolidation of the democratic framework and is the common and shared responsibility of the states of the Americas;
BEARING IN MIND that the Heads of State and Government of the Americas, in the Declaration of Mar del Plata, adopted at the Fourth Summit of the Americas, and the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, reiterated their support for the objectives of the Social Charter of the Americas and its Plan of Action;
RECALLING the proposal by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that, once the work on the Social Charter of the Americas and its Plan of Action has been concluded, a special session of the General Assembly be held to adopt them;
ACCEPTING WITH PLEASURE the offer of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to host the above-mentioned special session of the General Assembly;
REAFFIRMING the moral and political commitment to combat poverty in the region; and
CONVINCED, therefore, of the pressing need to make all necessary efforts to advance more rapidly in preparing the Social Charter of the Americas and its Plan of Action,
RESOLVES:


  1. To welcome the report on the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 2542 (XL-O/10), “Social Charter of the Americas: Renewal of the Hemispheric Commitment to Fight Poverty in the Region,” which reflects substantive progress in the drafting of the Social Charter of the Americas by the Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) on the Draft Social Charter of the Americas, in fulfillment of the mandate contained in that resolution.




  1. To renew the commitment it undertook and entrusted to the Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI to work intensively to conclude negotiations on the Draft Social Charter of the Americas and its Plan of Action; and to express the sincere political will of all our countries to conclude and adopt those documents before the end of 2011.




  1. To reiterate the mandate given to the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI to jointly prepare a draft Social Charter of the Americas and a Plan of Action which includes the principles of social development and establishes specific goals and targets that reinforce the existing instruments of the Organization of the American States on democracy, integral development, and the fight against poverty.




  1. To instruct the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development to prepare a proposed draft Plan of Action, conceived for the attainment of specific, feasible goals, on the basis of existing mandates and following the structure of the Social Charter of the Americas, with a view to its presentation to the member states for consideration.




  1. To instruct the Permanent Council to consider, once the negotiation process has concluded, convening a special session of the General Assembly, taking into account the offer of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to host it, for the adoption of the Social Charter of the Americas and its Plan of Action.




  1. To request the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI to present the results of their work to the General Assembly for consideration and adoption.




  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. 2696 (XLI-O/11)




FINANCING OF THE 2012 PROGRAM-BUDGET OF THE ORGANIZATION

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



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN:
The Annual Report of the Preparatory Committee to the General Assembly (AG/doc.5218/11);
The report of the Chair of the Subcommittee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters of the Preparatory Committee of the General Assembly on the financing of the 2012 program-budget of the Organization (AG/CP/Sub.AAP-364/11);
The annual report of the Board of External Auditors (CP/doc.4555/11), presented to the Permanent Council on May 4, 2011; and
The report presented on May 13, 2011, by the Secretary General to the Permanent Council on the financial situation of the Organization with a view to the 2012 program-budget (CP/INF.6248/11);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That, in accordance with Articles 54.e and 55 of the Charter of the Organization of American States, the General Assembly approves the program-budget of the Organization and establishes the basis for setting the quota that each government is to contribute to the maintenance of the Organization, taking into account the respective countries’ ability to pay and their determination to contribute in an equitable manner;
That the General Assembly, at its thirtieth regular session, in resolution AG/RES. 1757 (XXX-O/00), approved measures intended to encourage the timely payment of quotas;
That the General Assembly, at its thirty-fourth special session, in resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXXIV-E/07), approved the method for calculating the scale of quotas for financing the Regular Fund of the Organization; and
That, according to the method established by resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXXIV-E/07), the quota percentages of the member states for the years 2012-2014 have been assigned;
CONSIDERING:
That human rights, democracy and governance, integral development, and multidimensional security are pillars of the Organization;
That under resolution AG/RES. 1 (XL-E/10) rev. 1 the General Assembly instructed the Subcommittee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters to consider a proposal to be submitted to the General Assembly at its forty-first regular session, to be held in June 2011, to establish the overall budget level and the sources of financing for the 2012 program-budget, including quota income, interest and rental income, contributions for technical supervision and administrative support from FEMCIDI and from trust and specific funds, and all other miscellaneous income; and that the overall budget level would include a proposal to cover the cost-of-living and statutory increases;
That the General Assembly established in resolution AG/RES. 1 (XL-E/10) rev. 1 that the total expenditure on personnel (object 1) should not exceed 64.38 percent of the indicative figure for the 2012 Regular Fund program-budget, including any statutory increases that might be required; and
That it is necessary to establish the overall budget level and the sources of financing for the 2012 program-budget, which will be adopted by the General Assembly at a special session to be held no later than October 31, 2011,
RESOLVES:


  1. To set the quotas through which the member states will finance the Regular Fund of the Organization for 2012 and the assessments for income tax reimbursements in keeping with the methods adopted in resolutions AG/RES. 1 (XXXIV-E/07) and AG/RES. 41 (I-O/71), respectively, using the scale and amounts that appear in Table A, Regular Fund, Quota Assessments for 2012.




  1. To set the overall budget level of the program-budget of the Regular Fund for 2012 at US$85,350,800, and to finance it as follows:

a. Net contributions of member states in the form of Regular Fund quota payments of US$80,685,150, apportioned according to the methodology for calculating the scale of quota assessments adopted in resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXXIV-E/07) and the measures intended to encourage the prompt payment of quotas adopted by means of resolution AG/RES. 1757 (XXX-O/00);


b. Contribution of US$341,300 from FEMCIDI to the Regular Fund for technical supervision and administrative support, in keeping with Article 80 of the General Standards to Govern the Operations of the General Secretariat, which contribution, according to the FEMCIDI Statutes, will be up to 15% of the net amount approved in 2011 for execution in 2012;
c. Income of US$2,500,000 for technical supervision and administrative support of the trust funds and specific funds; and
d. Other income of US$1,824,350 for interest, rentals, and amortizations, inter alia.

AG/RES. 2697 (XLI-O/11)

CHANGE OF DATE OF THE FORTY-SECOND
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(

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

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT Articles 43 and 44 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly relating to the holding of regular sessions of the General Assembly and the date and determination of the venue thereof; and
CONSIDERING:
That through resolution AG/RES. 2615 (XL-O/10) the General Assembly accepted the offer of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to host the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly and determined that it would begin on the first Monday of June 2012;
That the Plurinational State of Bolivia made this offer as a reaffirmation of its commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the Organization of the American States;
That the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development – Rio + 20 will be held during the first week of June 2012, in Brazil, coinciding with the date originally set for the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly,
RESOLVES:


  1. To change the date for holding the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly for it to be held on July 8, 9, and 10 of 2012, in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.




  1. To reiterate its appreciation to the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for its generous offer to host the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly.



AG/RES. 2698 (XLI-O/11)

VOTE OF APPRECIATION TO THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF EL SALVADOR

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



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
CONSIDERING:
That the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held in the Republic of El Salvador from June 5 to 7, 2011;
That during this regular session of the General Assembly, the delegations expressed their deep gratitude to His Excellency Hugo Martínez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, for the skill with which he steered the discussions, which led to the adoption of important declarations and resolutions on high-priority issues on the hemispheric agenda; and,
UNDERSCORING the warm welcome extended by the people and Government of El Salvador,
RESOLVES:


  1. To express its appreciation to His Excellency Mauricio Funes, President of the Republic of El Salvador, and particularly to the citizens of San Salvador, for their warm and generous hospitality and the contribution they have made to the success of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).




  1. To recognize and congratulate His Excellency Hugo Martínez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, for his able leadership as President of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly.




  1. To express its appreciation and gratitude to Ambassador Joaquín Maza Martelli, Permanent Representative of the Republic of El Salvador to the OAS, the members of the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the OAS, and the officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, whose efficiency, dedication, and professionalism contributed to the success of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly.



1 . The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago….

2 . Nicaragua respects the sovereign right of the CARICOM member states to create a new office of “Small States Issues” ….

3. The Government of Nicaragua reiterates its commitment to continue combating drug trafficking and related offenses. To that end, it makes permanent efforts in the struggle against …

4. The working plan to be presented by the Executive Secretariat of CICAD will be in accordance with Articles 19 and 29 of the Statute of the Commission.

51. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During that event,…

6. The definitions needed of terms used in the Articles will vary by country; it is important to define any term that is unusual, ambiguous or may be interpreted in different ways.

7. In countries where there are potential legitimate uses for the type of vessel that would fall within the definition of a submersible or semi-submersible vessel, such as for artesian or hand fishing, a narrowly defined exception for those legitimate uses may be desired.

8. Penalties should be commensurate with other drug trafficking penalties.

94. The scope of the extraterritorial jurisdiction may be limited by international law; however, a broadly defined scope of extraterritorial jurisdiction allows application to the fullest extent permitted under international law.

105. For countries that are not party to UNCLOS, substitute article 5 of the 1958 Convention on the High Seas.


11. The United States remains committed to humanitarian mine action and to cooperating in practical steps to end the harmful legacy of landmines. The United States will continue to support OAS efforts to …

12. The Government of Nicaragua does not support this draft resolution because it does not agree with Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) intervention in matters of a military or other nature that…

13 . Nicaragua does not support this draft resolution, nor does it agree with any initiative aimed at improving, strengthening, optimizing, or revamping the Inter-American Defense Board. Nicaragua…

14. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During that event, Nicaragua …

15. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  During that event, Nicaragua …


16. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  During that event, Nicaragua …

17. The Government of Venezuela reiterates the content of its reservations to the FTAA formulated in the Declarations and Plans of Action of the Summit of the Americas (paragraph 15 of the Declaration of …

18. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that it is not party to the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas, adopted in Santo Domingo, because ...

19. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that it is not party to the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas, adopted in Santo Domingo, because...

20. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that it is not party to the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas, adopted in Santo Domingo, because...

21. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that it is not party to the Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas, adopted ….

22. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that it presented a formal and express objection to the results of COP 16 and CMP 6 because they…

23. The Plurinational State of Bolivia places on record that at the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties, held in Cancún, for the first time in the history…

24. The Delegation of Mexico states that all the decisions of the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have been adopted, …

25. Adopted by the Second Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Cartagena, Colombia, November 30 to December 4, 2009).

26. Adopted by the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, November 9 to 12, 2010).

27. Canada reserves its position on the necessity of creating a draft inter-American convention for the advancement and protection of the rights of older persons pending the outcome of deliberations in …

28. The United States is committed to promoting the human rights of all persons, including older persons.  However, it is premature to call for preparation of a draft inter-American convention for …

29. Nicaragua is aware that there are still systematic violations of international humanitarian law and of the standards and principles of international human rights law which is why it attaches …

30. The United States remains steadfastly committed to promoting the rule of law and helping to bring violators of international humanitarian law to justice, and will continue to play a leadership role…

31. The Government of Nicaragua reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, which are upheld in the Political Constitution of Nicaragua and in the international instruments …

32. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During that event, Nicaragua …

33. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad…

34. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During that event, Nicaragua …


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36. Canada recalls its previous decision to formally withdraw from the negotiations of a Draft Inter-American Convention against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance as outlined …

37. The United States reserves on all references in the resolution to the negotiation of any legally binding instrument to combat racism, racial discrimination and other forms of discrimination or intolerance …

38. Ecuador, as it has already stated formally, reiterates its permanent, firm, and definite commitment toward combating racism and all forms of discrimination and intolerance. Similarly, it has also …

39 . The delegation of the Republic of Colombia wishes to state and place on record that, while it supports international cooperation as a matter of principle, as well as the implementation …

40. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  During that event, Nicaragua…

41. The Delegation of the United States states that for greater certainty, this principle applies only prospectively and does not address the conduct of States or the private sector in prior economic crises.

42  The Republic of Panama wishes to place on record that, in accordance with its system of laws, when reference is made to women's rights, emphasis should be accorded to promotion and protection…

43. The Government of Nicaragua places on record its express reservation to the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During that event, Nicaragua …

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