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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 7, 2011)



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the initiatives emanating from the First Summit of the Americas (Miami, 1994), the Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 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, 2004), the Fourth Summit of the Americas, (Mar del Plata, 2005), and the Fifth Summit of the Americas (Port of Spain, 2009);
BEARING IN MIND the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, from April 17 to 19, 2009;14/
BEARING IN MIND ALSO the Statement by the Chairman of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Honorable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago;
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 Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC), in order to ensure effective, timely, and appropriate follow-up of the activities assigned to the Organization of American States (OAS) by the Summits of the Americas and to coordinate the Organization’s preparation, participation, and follow-up with regard to future Summits;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the acknowledgment by the Third Summit of the function that the CISC fulfills in coordinating the efforts of the OAS in supporting 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 of the Americas Secretariat;
RECALLING that at Summits of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government have recognized the important role played by the OAS in the implementation of decisions of the Summits of the Americas and as technical secretariat of the Summits process;
RECOGNIZING the work of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG), comprising the Organization of American States (OAS), 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 Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
RECOGNIZING ALSO the increasing emphasis placed by the Heads of State and Government on the importance of coordinated, timely, and effective follow-up of the Summits of the Americas mandates;
RECALLING that at the Ministerial meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) held in the framework of the fortieth regular session of the General Assembly held in Lima, Peru, in June 2010, the Secretary General of the OAS launched the Summits Virtual Community (SVC) as a tool for modernizing the mechanisms for dialogue among all the actors involved in the Summits process; and
RECALLING ALSO that the Sixth Summit of the Americas will take place in the city of Cartagena, Colombia on April 14-15, 2012,
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 administrations.




  1. To renew the mandate to the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) to coordinate the activities assigned to the Organization of American States (OAS) by the Summits of the Americas.




  1. To request the CISC to present, within 60 days of the end of the Summit of the Americas, a report on the activities assigned by the Summit to the OAS during a joint meeting of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), so that both bodies can take steps to ensure their inclusion, as a matter of priority, in programs to organize and formalize that mandate.




  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 regularly on these activities, as appropriate, to the Permanent Council, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, 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 (SAS), continue to serve as the institutional memory and secretariat of the Summits of the Americas process, advising the host country of the Summit and member states, as requested, in general in all aspects related to the Summits process, supporting follow-up and dissemination of Summit mandates, offering support to member states in implementing existing mandates and those of future Summits, and supporting preparatory activities and technical coordination for the next Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 14-15, 2012.




  1. To instruct the Permanent Council to continue to promote and facilitate the participation of social actors, including civil society, labor organizations, indigenous groups, the private sector, and youth, in the Summits of the Americas process and in activities related to topics assigned to the OAS by that process, as well as the efforts of member states to foster such participation.




  1. To urge member states, through the SIRG, to report on the implementation and follow-up of the commitments established in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain, as well as the commitments of prior Summits, the implementation of which are still ongoing.




  1. To request the SAS to continue to report to the CISC and to the SIRG on the activities and programs being carried out in support of member states’ efforts to implement Summit mandates, and to report to the CISC on the technical input prepared by the General Secretariat of the OAS on the Summits process, including reports on inter-American ministerial meetings linked to the Summits process.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue, through the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG), chaired by the SAS, to coordinate and promote the implementation and follow-up in JSWG institutions of the mandates of the Summits of the Americas and to hold at least one meeting of agency heads each year 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 next Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held in 2012.




  1. In order to strengthen the Summits of the Americas process and its link to the inter-American ministerial meetings:




  • To urge member states to improve inter-sectoral coordination among ministers and authorities;

  • To instruct the SAS to keep track of ministerial meetings and provide technical guidance for member states, as requested, on ways to strengthen internal coordination on the implementation of Summit mandates;

  • To urge countries hosting inter-American ministerial meetings to work with the SAS to ensure follow-up on relevant mandates from the Summits of the Americas and, as appropriate, to prepare for future Summits.




  1. To request the General Secretariat through the SAS to provide full support to the Government of the Republic of Colombia in the preparation for the Sixth Summit of the Americas scheduled to be held in the city of Cartagena on April 14-15, 2012.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to make efforts, through the SAS and the member states, to promote and disseminate among the stakeholders involved in the Summits process the mandates, commitments, and results emanating from the Summits of the Americas so that they may contribute to their implementation.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to make efforts, through the SAS, to continue to explore and implement in the Summits of the Americas process methods for promoting and increasing awareness and the participation of social actors in that process, through the use of the Summits of the Americas Virtual Community (SVC) and other information and communication technologies (ICTs).




  1. To request the SAS to continue working with member states in the implementation and follow-up of Summit mandates, including promotion and training on the use of the Summits of the Americas Follow-up System (SISCA).




  1. T

    o 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 strengthen the SAS by providing it with the human and financial resources to fulfill its function as Technical Secretariat of the Summits of the Americas process efficiently and effectively.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to implement 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 instruct the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

FOOTNOTE


1. expressed its view that the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas was unacceptable and inadequate as it did not resolve a number of matters that were extremely important for the Hemisphere and were still under discussion. Nor does Nicaragua accept that references may be made to that Declaration in the resolutions to be adopted by the OAS General Assembly. Nicaragua reaffirms that the items on the General Assembly agenda should be derived from the debates and deliberations of the Heads of State and Government in Trinidad and Tobago.

AG/RES. 2634 (XLI-O/11)



FOLLOW-UP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OF THE
DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF PORT OF SPAIN
OF THE FIFTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS
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(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions AG/RES. 2190 (XXXVI-O/06), AG/RES. 2338 (XXXVII-O/07), AG/RES. 2393 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2520 (XXXIX-O/09), and AG/RES. 2563 (XL-O/10)“Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Process”;
CONSIDERING:
That the Fifth Summit of the Americas was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from April 17 to 19, 2009, under the theme “Securing our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security, and Environmental Sustainability”;
That the Heads of State and Government adopted the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain, in which they expressed inter alia their determination to intensify the fight against poverty, hunger, social exclusion, discrimination, and inequality in order to improve the living conditions of the people of the Hemisphere as well as to achieve development and social justice;
That the Statement by the Chairman of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Honorable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which was issued on April 19, 2009, informs of the discussions of the Heads of State and Government at the Leaders’ Retreat, held on April 19, 2009;
That the Heads of State and Government recognized that the issues of human prosperity, energy security, and environmental sustainability are closely intertwined and that an integrated, coherent policy framework is essential to the achievement of the commitments made to the people of the Hemisphere in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain;
That the Summits of the Americas process and the initiatives and mandates adopted at the First Summit of the Americas (Miami, 1994), the Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 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, 2004), the Fourth Summit of the Americas (Mar del Plata, 2005), and the Fifth Summit of the Americas (Port of Spain, 2009) have established political, economic, and social priorities for the Hemisphere that determine the inter-American agenda;
That the Organization of American States (OAS) is the foremost political forum for dialogue and cooperation among the countries of the Hemisphere and that the Heads of State and Government have recognized its central role in supporting the implementation of Summit mandates;
That the General Assembly of the OAS has instructed the General Secretariat to consider, at all ministerial meetings, the Summit guidelines and mandates with a view to ensuring that the priorities and resolutions adopted by ministers are consistent with the Summits’ commitments;
That the Heads of State and Government, also called upon the General Secretariat, in accordance with its central role in supporting the implementation of Summit mandates, and in coordination with the Joint Summit Working Group, to provide a comprehensive report to the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) annually on the actions taken and progress made at all inter-American ministerial meetings in support of Summit objectives; and
That the Heads of State and Government further called upon the member institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group to develop coordinated programs of action aimed at achieving the goals of the Americas as set out in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain; and
RECOGNIZING:
The importance of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) of the Permanent Council, which is charged with coordinating the activities that the Summits of the Americas assign to the Organization and civil society participation in OAS activities and the Summits process; and
That the the Summits of the Americas Secretariat (SAS) has developed useful tools to facilitate reporting on implementation,
RESOLVES:


  1. To reaffirm the commitments undertaken by the Heads of State and Government in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.




  1. To urge member states and to request the General Secretariat to continue to implement, promote, and disseminate the mandates set forth in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue to coordinate with other OAS organs and entities and with the institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group in following up on the mandates set forth in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.




  1. To bear in mind issues contained in the Statement by the Chairman of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Honorable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which informs of the discussions of the Heads of State and Government on the reintegration of Cuba into the inter-American system; the global financial crisis, the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain, and Haiti.




  1. To encourage the organs, agencies, and entities of the inter-American system, as well as agencies of the United Nations system and other institutions participating in the Joint Summit Working Group, to assign priority to implementation of the initiatives contained in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas and to report regularly to the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities on the progress made in implementing the adopted mandates and commitments.




  1. To instruct the Summits of the Americas Secretariat (SAS) to use and promote, through training for member states, where needed, the Summits of the Americas Follow-up System (SISCA) to facilitate reporting by member states and partner institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group on actions taken and progress made with implementation of Summit mandates, and to provide updates to the CISC and the SIRG on the implementation and follow-up of the commitments undertaken in the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second 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.

FOOTNOTE
1. expressed its view that the Declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas was unacceptable and inadequate as it did not resolve a number of matters that were extremely important for the Hemisphere and were still under discussion.  Nor does Nicaragua accept that references may be made to that Declaration in the resolutions to be adopted by the OAS General Assembly.  Nicaragua reaffirms that the items on the General Assembly agenda should be derived from the debates and deliberations of the Heads of State and Government in Trinidad and Tobago.

AG/RES. 2635 (XLI-O/11)




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