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INCREASING AND STRENGTHENING THE PARTICIPATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL ACTORS IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
AND IN THE SUMMITS OF THE AMERICAS PROCESS

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



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly (AG/doc.5217/11) as it pertains to the activities of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT resolution AG/RES. 2612 (XL-O/10), “Increasing and Strengthening the Participation of Civil Society and Social Actors in the Activities of the Organization of American States and in the Summits of the Americas Process”;
RECALLING that participation by civil society and other social actors in OAS activities should take place in a context of close collaboration among the political and institutional bodies of the Organization and in implementation of the provisions of the Charter of the Organization of American States and resolution CP/RES. 759 (1217/99), “Guidelines for the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities”;
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the “Strategies for Increasing and Strengthening Participation by Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities,” adopted by the Permanent Council in resolution CP/RES. 840 (1361/03) and subsequently endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution AG/RES. 1915 (XXXIII-O/03), which requested “the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) to follow up on these strategies; to evaluate their implementation; and to propose amendments to them or new mechanisms for increasing and strengthening participation by civil society organizations in OAS activities”;
CONSIDERING that the Summits of the Americas Process encourages full participation by civil society and other social actors and that, in the Declaration of Nuevo León, the Heads of State and Government undertook to institutionalize meetings with civil society and with the academic and private sectors; and that more recently, through resolution AG/RES. 2315 (XXXVII-O/07), “Participation of Workers’ Representatives in Activities of the Organization of American States,” the ministers of foreign affairs agreed to hold a dialogue with workers’ representatives, recognized as such by virtue of national law or practice, prior to the inaugural sessions of the General Assembly and the Summits of the Americas, so that said representatives may make recommendations and proposals for initiatives related to the theme of the General Assembly or the Summit of the Americas and directed toward the member states and the Organization of American States (OAS);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Declaration of Mar del Plata recognizes the pivotal role the OAS plays in coordinating civil society participation in the Summits process;
UNDERSCORING that, in paragraph 94 of the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain, the Heads of State and Government committed “to continue encouraging the participation of our peoples, through the engagement of our citizens, communities and civil society in the design and execution of development policies and programmes, by providing technical and financial assistance, as appropriate, and in accordance with national legislation to strengthen and build their capacity to participate more fully in the inter-American system”;16/
RECALLING resolution AG/RES. 2563 (XL-O/10) “Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Process,” which instructs 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.
RECOGNIZING the efforts being made by the host country of the Sixth Summit of the Americas to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from April 14-15, 2012, to encourage, promote, and facilitate the participation of civil society and of social actors in the preparatory activities for the Sixth Summit of the Americas and at the Summit itself;
CONSIDERING that Articles 6 and 26 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter state, respectively, that “[i]t is the right and responsibility of all citizens to participate in decisions relating to their own development. This is also a necessary condition for the full and effective exercise of democracy. Promoting and fostering diverse forms of participation strengthens democracy” and that “[t]he OAS will continue to carry out programs and activities designed to promote democratic principles and practices and strengthen a democratic culture in the Hemisphere, bearing in mind that democracy is a way of life based on liberty and enhancement of economic, social, and cultural conditions for the peoples of the Americas. The OAS will consult and cooperate on an ongoing basis with member states and take into account the contributions of civil society organizations working in those fields”;
NOTING the establishment of the Specific Fund of voluntary contributions to support the participation of civil society organizations in OAS activities and in the Summits of the Americas process, by resolution CP/RES. 864 (1413/04), for the purpose of supporting participation by civil society organizations in OAS activities, including the dialogue among heads of delegation of member states, the Secretary General, and civil society organization representatives, which has been included on the draft schedule for regular sessions of the General Assembly as a regular activity before the inaugural session, as established in resolution AG/RES. 1915 (XXXIII-O/03);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT resolution AG/RES. 2395 (XXXVIII-O/08) “Increasing and Strengthening Civil Society Participation in the Activities of the Organization of American States and in the Summits of the Americas Process,” which instructs the General Secretariat to develop a strategy for a coordinated approach to encourage civil society participation in OAS activites, for consideration by the member states;
NOTING ALSO:
The contributions and recommendations received from civil society organizations and other social actors during the preparatory phase, the activities immediately preceding the Summit, as well as the contributions that they provide in follow up to the commitments and in the process of implementation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas;
The recommendations of the VIII Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society, held in Washington, D.C., on April 25 and 26, 2011, on the theme of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly, “Citizen Security in the Americas,” the priorities on the inter-American agenda, and the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IDC) on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, as well as the special meeting of the CISC with civil society on strengthening dialogue with civil society, held on April 26, 2011; and
RECOGNIZING the importance of participation by civil society organizations and other social actors in consolidating democracy in all member states,
RESOLVES:


  1. To reaffirm the commitment and will of the member states and the Organization of American States (OAS) to continue strengthening and implementing effective mechanisms and concrete actions for participation by civil society and other social actors in the activities of the OAS and in the Summits of the Americas process.




  1. To instruct the Permanent Council, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, and the General Secretariat to continue, in coordination with all organs, agencies, and entities of the OAS, to facilitate the implementation of the Strategies for Increasing and Strengthening Participation by Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities, adopted by the Permanent Council in resolution CP/RES. 840 (1361/03) and endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution AG/RES. 1915 (XXXIII-O/03), “Increasing and Strengthening Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities.”

3. To instruct the Permanent Council to continue to promote and facilitate civil society participation in the Summits of the Americas and in the activities undertaken by the OAS as a result of the Summits of the Americas process, as well as efforts by the member states to foster said participation.




  1. To continue to actively support and promote the registration of civil society organizations and their participation in OAS activities, and in its organs, agencies, and entities, with the support of the General Secretariat and in accordance with resolution CP/RES. 759 (1217/99), “Guidelines for the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities.”

5. To encourage all member states, permanent observers, and other donors, as defined in Article 74 of the General Standards to Govern the Operations of the General Secretariat and in other rules and regulations of the Organization, to consider contributing to the Specific Fund to Support the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities and in the Summits of the Americas process, in order to sustain and promote the effective participation of civil society organizations and other social actors in OAS activities in accordance with the goals set by the General Assembly and by the Heads of State and Government in the Summits of the Americas process, including the dialogue among the heads of delegation of the member states, the Secretary General, and the representatives of civil society organizations.




  1. To continue to urge member states to:




  1. Participate in the dialogue of heads of delegation with representatives of civil society organizations in the context of General Assembly sessions and the Dialogue with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and representatives of social actors in the Summits of the Americas; and



  1. Continue their efforts, both domestically and multilaterally, to expand opportunities for participation by civil society organizations and other social actors in OAS activities and in the Summits of the Americas process.




  1. To encourage member states to continue reporting on existing procedures and regulations regarding consultations with civil society, to allow for an exchange of experiences and best practices among the member states.

8. To recognize the efforts of El Salvador as host country of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly to work together with the General Secretariat and with civil society organizations to facilitate and organize their participation in the dialogue of heads of delegation, in accordance with resolution CP/RES. 840 (1361/03); and to encourage future hosts to continue to build on these traditions.




  1. To instruct the member states to continue analyzing the Draft Strategy for Strengthening Civil Society Participation in the Activities of the Organization of American States (OAS) (CP/CISC-422/09 rev. 1) with a view to completing it, and to request the Permanent Council to consider the final draft in order to promote a coordinated approach that facilitates civil society participation in OAS activities.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue to support member states that so request in their efforts to increase the institutional capacity of their governments to receive, integrate, and incorporate civil society input and advocacy.




  1. To request the General Secretariat to report to the Permanent Council before the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of t

    he 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. 2636 (XLI-O/11)

CONTINUING PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL


FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT BY MEMBER STATES THAT HAVE NOT
RATIFIED THE PROTOCOL OF MANAGUA
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolution AG/RES. 2 (XXII-E/96), “Participation of Member States That Have Not Ratified the Protocol of Managua in the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) When Said Protocol Enters into Force,” and resolutions AG/RES. 2566 (XL-O/10), CIDI/RES. 229 (XV-O/10), and CIDI/RES. 246 (XVI-O/11), “Continuing Participation in the Inter-American Council for Integral Development by Member States That Have Not Ratified the Protocol of Managua”;
EMPHASIZING the amendments made to the Charter of the Organization of American States to incorporate the elimination of extreme poverty as a basic objective of integral development (Protocol of Washington) and to establish an Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) to promote cooperation among the American states for the purpose of achieving their integral development and, in particular, helping to eliminate extreme poverty (Protocol of Managua); and
CONSIDERING that as of the date of this resolution there are still member states that have not ratified the Protocol of Managua,
RESOLVES:


  1. To urge the member states that have signed and not ratified the Protocol of Washington, which incorporates the elimination of extreme poverty as a basic objective of development, and the Protocol of Managua, which establishes the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), to consider doing so as soon as possible.




  1. To extend the period during which its resolution AG/RES. 2 (XXII-E/96), “Participation of Member States That Have Not Ratified the Protocol of Managua in the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) When Said Protocol Enters into Force,” will remain in force until the forty-sixth regular session of the General Assembly to be held in 2016, which will review the situation if at that time there are still member states that have not ratified the Protocol of Managua.

2bis. To request the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development to undertake outreach and awareness-raising efforts on the importance of ratifying the instruments referred to in operative paragraph 1 above, and report to CIDI annually on the period and effective date of this resolution.




  1. To request CIDI to report to the General Assembly at its forty-sixth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

AG/RES. 2637 (XLI-O/11)

CONVOCATION OF THE XVII INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS
OF LABOR AND SUPPORT FOR THE INTER-AMERICAN NETWORK
FOR LABOR ADMINISTRATION (RIAL)
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions CIDI/RES. 223 (XIV-O/09) and AG/RES. 2470 (XXXIX-O/09), “XVI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor”; CIDI/RES. 238 (XV-O/10) and AG/RES. 2584 (XL-O/10), “Report of the XVI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor”; CEPCIDI/RES. 172/10 (CLXIII-O/10), “Convocation of the XVII Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor”; CEPCIDI/RES.182 (CLXX-O/11), “Change of Date for the XVII Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor”; and CIDI/RES. 247 (XVI-O/11), “Convocation of the XVII Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor and Support for the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL);
CONSIDERING:
That, at the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City, Canada, held on April 20-22, 2001, the Heads of State and Government reaffirmed the fundamental importance of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML);
That, at the Fourth Summit of the Americas, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November 4 -5, 2005, the Heads of State and Government acknowledged the important contributions of the ministries of labor to achieving its objectives of creating jobs to fight poverty and strengthen democratic governance and to promoting decent work and social and labor policies that encourage investment and economic growth with equity;
That, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from April 17 - 19, 2009, the Heads of State and Government agreed to promote “continuous training programmes in collaboration with workers’ representatives and the private sector as appropriate, with the goal of generating the necessary technical skills to enable workers to respond to the demands of the labour market,” and in that regard they called upon “the Ministers of Labour, within the context of the OAS Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML), in collaboration with their workers’ and employers’ consultative bodies and with the support of the ILO, as appropriate, to endorse, at the 16th IACML to be held in 2009, a work programme that advances these objectives;” and
That at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government expressed their awareness that, notwithstanding the gains made since the Fourth Summit of the Americas, deep inequalities continued to exist in our countries and in our region. In response, the Heads of State and Government expressed that they will continue to develop and implement social protection and inclusion policies and programs that give priority to those living in conditions of poverty and vulnerability in our societies, and will continue to promote access to education, health, nutrition, energy, basic social services and to opportunities for dignified and decent work. At the same time, they will stimulate income growth and better income distribution, increase productivity, and will protect workers’ rights and the environment;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor of the OAS has been meeting since 1963 to define priorities and activities in the Hemisphere’s labor sector;
That the IACML is recognized as the primary forum for building consensus and discussing and defining labor priorities in the Americas, which are adapted to the changing realities of the region’s labor markets;
That the XVI IACML, held in Buenos Aires, Republic of Argentina, from October 6 to 8, 2009, under the leit motif “Facing the Crisis with Development, Decent Work, and Social Protection,” adopted the Declaration and Plan of Action of Buenos Aires, CIDI/TRABAJO/DEC. 1/09 (XVI-O/09) and CIDI/TRABAJO/doc.5/09 rev. 1 corr. 1, respectively, together with a resolution entitled “Inputs of the XVI IACML to the G-20 Process,” CIDI/TRABAJO/RES. 3/09 (XVI-O/09);
That the working groups of the Conference met on July 28 and 29, 2010, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and from May 17 - 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C., to follow up on the Buenos Aires Declaration and Plan of Action;
That the XVI IACML, in its resolution CIDI/TRABAJO/RES. 1/09 (XVI-O/09), “Modification of the Status of COTPAL, COSATE y CEATAL,” designated the Permanent Technical Committee on Labor Matters (COTPAL), the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL), and the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) as permanent consultative organs of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor;
That the XVI IACML, held in Buenos Aires in 2009, welcomed the offer of El Salvador to host the XVII IACML in 2011; and
That the Government of El Salvador proposed as the central theme for the XVII IACML “Learning from the crisis and advancing towards building fairer labor conditions” (CEPCIDI/INF.120/11);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALSO:
That the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) was created at the XIV IACML, held in Mexico City on September 26 and 27, 2005, for the purpose of strengthening the human and institutional capacity of labor ministries through a mechanism for integrating and disseminating knowledge and experience;
That the Government of Canada, through the Labor Program of the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development, contributed substantial resources to launch RIAL and to enable it to carry out most of its activities from 2006 to 2010; and that the Governments of the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico have allocated financial resources to it;

That the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, approved at the XVI IACML in 2009, established that “the IACML renews its support for and commitment to the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL)”; and


That in the course of the meeting of the IACML working groups in 2010, the ministries of labor of the region gave their support to RIAL and decided to create a fund of voluntary contributions to continue its operations; and
RECOGNIZING:
That the Chair of the IACML, held by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Security of Argentina, submitted the Buenos Aires Declaration and Plan of Action to the Meeting of the G-20 Ministers held in Washington, D.C., in April 2010, where, together with other IACML members present, reiterated the consensus reached by the ministers of the Americas regarding the need to keep employment at the center of recovery from the economic crisis;
That the political dialogue during the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor was complemented and enriched by the cooperation and technical assistance activities of the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL);
That RIAL has succeeded in institutionally strengthening the region’s labor ministries in areas such as the design of new products or services, improvement in programs in execution, definition of internal procedures, organization of training activities, and reform of laws and regulations; and
That RIAL has intensified the dialogue, cooperation, and assistance among government officials, labor and business representatives, and international organizations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), among others,
RESOLVES:


  1. To convey its appreciation to the Government of El Salvador for its offer to host the XVII IACML from October 31 to November 1, 2011.




  1. To recognize and congratulate the Government of Argentina for its leadership as Chair of the XVI IACML and for the steps it took to bring the hemispheric consensus to the G-20 discussions.




  1. To welcome the decision of the XVI IACML to designate the Permanent Technical Committee on Labor Matters (COTPAL), the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL), and the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) as permanent consultative organs of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor.




  1. To declare its full support for the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration and to back the creation of a fund of voluntary contributions from the labor ministries of the region to guarantee its sustainability; in addition, to invite all governments to make contributions according to their financial capabilities.

  2. To thank the Government of Canada for the considerable financial contributions that led to the creation of RIAL; to express appreciation for the funds contributed by the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, and for the contributions in terms of experience and knowledge of all member states; and to launch an appeal to all states to continue contributing to this important mechanism for labor cooperation.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat, through the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), to work together with ministries of labor and with labor and business representatives to put into practice the decisions adopted by the IACML, to continue coordinating RIAL and exploring sources of financing, and to report periodically on this process to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI).




  1. To request CIDI to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution. 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. 2638 (XLI-O/11)

EDUCATIONAL PORTAL OF THE AMERICAS: TEN YEARS OF
STRENGTHENING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE HEMISPHERE
THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolution CIDI/RES.248 (XVI-O/11) “Educational Portal of the Americas: Ten Years of Strengthening Human Development in the Hemisphere through Distance Education;”
REAFFIRMING that Article 50 of the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) calls on member states to promote the use of all information media to bring about the eradication of illiteracy; strengthen adult and vocational education systems, and ensure that the benefits of culture are available to the entire population;
RECALLING that the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas, held in Santiago, Chile, in April 1998, declared that "distance education programs shall be strengthened and information networks established;”
RECALLING FURTHERMORE that in the Declaration of the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City, Canada, in April 2001, the development of human potential was assigned the utmost importance and the "Connecting the Americas" initiative was adopted with the aim of "mobilizing and sharing human resources to strengthen our capacities for applying information and communications technologies to human development;”
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION that the launch of the Educational Portal of the Americas (www.educoas.org), as a timely and essential mechanism for strengthening human development through distance education bolstered with the use of information and communication technologies, took place in September 2001 on the occasion of the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education in Montevideo, Uruguay;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that in Bridgetown, Barbados, in June 2002, the General Assembly recognized the Educational Portal of the Americas as “a novel initiative which will contribute to expanding learning opportunities for students throughout the Hemisphere through access to high-quality distance-learning programs;”
CONSIDERING that development of human resources is a crosscutting element of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009 in force, which recognizes development of human resources as an indispensable component of partnership for development and provides that “[a]dvantage will also be taken of the different instruments provided by new information and communication technologies to benefit from distance learning, multimedia, and education by satellite systems;” and
CONSIDERING ALSO that in its 10 years of existence, the Educational Portal of the Americas has imparted more than 180 distance education courses, benefiting more than 21,000 citizens of the Americas,
RESOLVES:


  1. To reaffirm the contribution made by the Educational Portal of the Americas to human development in the Americas in the decade from 2001 to 2011.




  1. To recognize that the Educational Portal of the Americas constitutes an original and innovative initiative that enriches our society of knowledge by offering a quality education that fosters social inclusion and training opportunities through distance education for all peoples, including those situated in rural areas.

3. To point to the work done by the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture with regard to the Educational Portal of the Americas in the decade from 2001 to 2011.




  1. To reaffirm its support for the Educational Portal of the Americas as an essential strategic program for the advancement of human development and competitiveness through professional development and institutional capacity building.




  1. To encourage the Educational Portal of the Americas to continue its work in support of the agenda for connectivity in order to help reduce the digital divide among countries in the Hemisphere, as well as promoting access to a quality education and professional development through the use of information and communication technologies.




  1. To underscore the importance of maximizing the Organization's resources and harnessing the experience gained by the Educational Portal of the Americas and, to that end, request that the General Secretariat make efforts to channel through the Educational Portal of the Americas the distance education courses that it imparts via its various organs, entities, and secretariats.




  1. To request the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, through the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture, to promote the potential of the educational portal of the Americas and, in particular, that it advocate it and make it available to the Inter-American Committees of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) and the Special Multilateral Fund of CIDI (FEMCIDI).




  1. To request that the Secretary General distribute this resolution to the relevant international and regional organizations in a bid to establish partnerships and promote the Educational Portal of the Americas.




  1. To request the Secretary General to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second 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. 2639 (XLI-O/11)

ADAPTATION OF THE INTER-AMERICAN TRAVEL CONGRESSES TO THE CIDI FRAMEWORK AND HOLDING OF THE XIX INTER-AMERICAN TRAVEL CONGRESS
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions AG/RES. 1 (XX-E/94), “General Policy Framework and Priorities: Partnership for Development”; AG/RES. 1426 (XXVI-O/96), “Support for OAS Tourism Activities”; CIDI/RES. 17 (II-O/97) and AG/RES. 1517 (XXVII-O/97), “Sustainable Tourism Development”; CIDI/RES. 152 (IX-O/04) and AG/RES. 1987 (XXIV-O/04) “XVIII Inter-American Travel Congress”; AG/RES. 2083 (XXXV-O/05), “Strengthening of Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises”; AG/RES. 2089 (XXXV-O/05), “XIX Inter-American Travel Congress”; AG/RES. 2201 (XXXVI-O/06), “Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development (2006-2009)”; AG/RES. 2212 (XXXVI-O/06), “Fostering the Development of Tourism”; and AG/RES. 2314 (XXXVII-O/07), “Natural Disaster Reduction, Risk Management, and Assistance in Natural and Other Disaster Situations” and CIDI/RES. 243 (XV-O/10) and AG/RES. 2591 (XL-O/10), “The Importance of Tourism Cooperation in the Americas “ and CIDI/RES.249 (XVI-O/11) “Adaptation of the Inter-American Travel Congresses to the CIDI Framework and Holding of the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress”;
HAVING SEEN ALSO:
Resolution CEPCIDI/RES. 171/10 (CLXIII-O/10) “Convocation of the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress”; and
The note from the Government of El Salvador, offering to host the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress in San Salvador on September 29 and 30, 2011 (CEPCIDI/INF.94/10);
CONSIDERING:
That with the entry into force of the 1993 “Protocol of Managua” amending the OAS Charter, the establishment of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) in 1996, and the adoption of its Statutes, an orderly framework was introduced for convening ministerial meetings governed by uniform Rules of Procedure;
That through resolution AG/RES. 1574 (XXVIII-O/98), the General Assembly declared that “there is a need to reorient toward CIDI the dialogue currently taking place in some specialized conferences whose topics correspond to the areas of cooperation of CIDI” and, consequently, “instruct[ed] the Inter-American Travel Congress to hold its meetings at the ministerial level within the framework of the sectoral meetings of the Inter-American Council for integral Development (CIDI), in keeping with the priority of sustainable development of tourism established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997-2001;”
That through resolution AG/RES. 1678 (XIX-O/99), the General Assembly urged the Congresses to present to CIDI, through the Permanent Executive Committee of CIDI (CEPCIDI), the necessary amendments to their regulations so as to adapt their ministerial-level meetings to the existing mechanisms of the CIDI framework;
BEARING IN MIND:
That through resolution AG/RES. 1678 (XIX-O/99), the General Assembly amended the Statutes of CIDI in order to facilitate the establishment of the inter-American committees as subsidiary organs of CIDI, to enhance sectoral dialogue, and, among other functions, to support the preparation and follow-up of specialized or sectoral meetings at the ministerial level;
That through resolution AG/RES. 1811 (XXXI-O/01), the General Assembly recommended considering the establishment of an Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Tourism Development, consisting of sectoral authorities at the policy-making and technical levels;
RECOGNIZING:
That sustainable management of the tourism sector can enhance its capacity to provide important economic and social benefits that support the livelihood of families and local communities and to improve the quality of life of individuals and society;
The importance of international and regional cooperation geared to the promotion of sustainable tourism in the Hemisphere;
The importance of the Special Multilateral Fund of CIDI for the promotion of tourism cooperation programs that provide technical assistance to support the business development, to improve domestic tourism, and to stimulate entrepreneurial development of the micro, small, and medium size enterprises in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and includes, inter alia, education and capacity building components intended to encourage people to participate in activities connected with sustainable tourism development, as well as in those designed to improve tourism development overall and heritage conservation;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That it is the responsibility of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), in the framework of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 2006-2009, to encourage policy dialogue and include sustainable tourism development as one of its priority areas;
That the central theme of the Congress will be “Tourism, a challenge in the face of poverty”,
RESOLVES:


  1. To thank the Government of El Salvador for its offer to host the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress and to convene it for September 29 and 30, 2011, in San Salvador, El Salvador.




  1. To urge the Ministers and High Authorities of Tourism to participate in the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress.

  2. To abolish the Organization Plan of the Inter-American Travel Congresses and establish that the Congresses shall no longer meet as an inter-American specialized conference, but rather as a sectoral ministerial-level meeting of CIDI in accordance with the CIDI Statutes. These meetings shall convene, starting with the twentieth, as the “Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism”




  1. T

    o establish that the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress shall be governed by CIDI's Rules of Procedure.






  1. To request the General Assembly to establish an Inter-American Committee on Tourism pursuant to Articles 77 and 95.c.3 of the OAS Charter, and instruct the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) to prepare its Rules of Procedure in accordance with the guidelines set by the Congress.




  1. To instruct the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, through the Tourism Office to support the organization and the preparatory process of the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress and to redouble its efforts to support members states in fostering sustainable tourism development.




  1. To entrust the Ministers and High Authorities of Tourism, in the framework of the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress, with the definition of the Key Themes for partnership for development in the tourism sector within the framework of FEMCIDI.




  1. To request CEPCIDI to report to the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, at its seventeenth regular meeting, on 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.

AG/RES. 2640 (XLI-O/11)

2011: INTER-AMERICAN YEAR OF CULTURE
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions AG/RES. 2468 (XXXIX-O/09), CIDI/RES. 226 (XIV-O/09), and CIDI/RES. 251 (XVI-O/11) “2011: “Inter-American Year of Culture”;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the Heads of State and Government, meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, reaffirmed that inter-cultural dialogue and respect for cultural diversity encourage mutual understanding, which helps reduce conflict, discrimination and the barriers to economic opportunity and social participation; and
That the Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities, at their Fourth Inter-American Meeting within the framework of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 20 and 21, 2008, called on our nations to reflect on the social value of investing in culture and on the ever-increasing economic potential of creative and cultural industries; and affirmed that stimulating creativity in our citizens from a young age is a strategy that not only fosters personal growth and social development, but also contributes to finding new and innovative approaches to scientific, industrial, technological, and social problems;
WELCOMING the outcomes of the work done by the Working Group to Prepare the Inter-American Year of Culture (IAYC), established within the framework of the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI), from June to October 2010;
WELCOMING ALSO the Strategy for the Year, agreed by CEPCIDI (CEPCIDI/doc.965/10), and developed by the above-mentioned Working Group, which identified the following objectives for the IAYC:


  • Providing a platform to promote the key role that culture plays in economic, social, and cultural and human development;

  • Highlighting the rich cultural diversity of the Americas;

  • Promoting the development and implementation of public policies in the member states, ensuring sustainability of the outcomes of the 2011: Inter-American Year of Culture; and

  • Raising awareness of the work of the Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC); and

RECOGNIZING that the slogan “Our Cultures, Our Future,” which summarizes the mission statement agreed for the Year: “the Inter-American Year of Culture celebrates the many cultures in existence in the Hemisphere and recognizes the central role that culture plays in economic, social, and human development in all communities”;


TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALSO:
That on March 23, 2011, at the Joint Special Meeting of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI), the Inter-American Year of Culture and its web page were officially launched, and that on that occasion the progress made in planning and implementing the IAYC was reported, and the symbols and media elements to serve as vehicles for identification of the Year, especially its logo, were made public;
That the General Secretariat has established, within the framework of the Inter-American Year of Culture, the “Cultural Heritage of the Americas” award for the most representative cultural expressions of member states in order to highlight the variety of elements that make up the identity of the Americas, promote them as an inter-American contribution to the cultural heritage of humanity, and reaffirm the region’s presence on the world stage;
EXPRESSING APPRECIATION to the Government of Brazil and the Government of the United States of America for their substantial financial contributions to the OAS to help implement elements of the Work Plan of the Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC) that will make it possible to advance towards achieving the objectives for the IAYC, and that other States and entities are taking part by making technical and logistical contributions;
BEARING IN MIND resolution AG/RES. 2468 (XXXIX-O/09), “2011: Inter-American Year of Culture,” whereby the member states are invited “to carry out initiatives to celebrate and strengthen their cultural diversity and the artistic creativity of their peoples in the framework of the Inter-American Year of Culture,”
RESOLVES:


  1. To call on the member states to participate fully in the commemoration of the Inter-American Year of Culture, and to advise the OAS, through the Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC), of any programs, projects, initiatives, and activities they will include in the commemoration of the Inter-American Year of Culture (IAYC).




  1. To urge the member states to consider specific actions to emphasize the importance of culture in the economic, social, and human development of communities and to take them into account when formulating public policies on culture, education, tourism, sustainable development, and in any other areas they deem appropriate.




  1. To urge the member states to disseminate widely any policies, programs, projects, initiatives, and activities formulated and/or implemented in the context of the IAYC.




  1. To express appreciation for the financial contributions of the Government of Brazil and the Government of the United States of America, and the technical contributions of other States and entities, and to encourage other States and entities to make financial and technical contributions to carry out actions that help achieve the objectives of the IAYC.




    1. To welcome with satisfaction the initiative of the General Secretariat to establish the “Cultural Heritage of the Americas” award and to congratulate Peru on being the first recipient of this award in recognition of its gastronomic riches.




    1. T

      o instruct the CIC, with support from its Technical Secretariat, to continue coordination of the implementation of the IAYC.






    1. To instruct the General Secretariat, in consultation with the CIC, to consider the most appropriate way to conclude the Inter-American Year of Culture, and to disseminate its outcomes in the framework of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in April 2012.




    1. To instruct the General Secretariat to present a report on the implementation of this resolution prior to the forty-second regular meeting of the General Assembly.

AG/RES. 2641 (XLI-O/11)

EXTENSION OF THE TERM OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR
PARTNERSHIP FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT 2006-200917/
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions CIDI/RES. 218 (XIV-O/09), AG/RES. 2474 (XXIX-O/09), CIDI/RES. 237 (XV-O/10), AG/RES. 2583 (XL-O/10), and CIDI/RES. 252 (XVI-O/11), “Extension of the term of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009”;
CONSIDERING:
That Article 95 of the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) establishes that the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) shall “[f]ormulate and recommend to the General Assembly a strategic plan which sets forth policies, programs, and courses of action in matters of cooperation for integral development, within the framework of the general policy and priorities defined by the General Assembly”;
That Article 29 of the CIDI Statutes further stipulates that the Strategic Plan “shall have a four-year planning target period, subject to adjustment when the General Assembly considers it appropriate”; and
That Articles 3.a and 23.c of the CIDI Statutes instruct CIDI to formulate and recommend the Strategic Plan to the General Assembly, and to examine and, if appropriate, adopt proposals for preparing and updating the Strategic Plan;
HAVING SEEN ALSO:
Resolution AG/RES. 2201 (XXXVI-O/06), whereby the General Assembly resolved to adopt the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009, recommended by CIDI at its twelfth regular meeting;
Resolution CIDI/RES. 178 (XI-O/06), “Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009”; and
Resolutions CIDI/RES. 213 (XIII-O/08) and AG/RES. 2390 (XXXVIII-O/08), “Strengthening Partnership for Development: Policy Dialogue, Technical Cooperation, Structure, and Mechanisms”;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the term of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009 was extended until December 31, 2011;
That the current Strategic Plan states that “the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) shall present to CIDI, through the Permanent Executive Committee of the American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI), a qualitative and quantitative report on the implementation of the Strategic Plan. That report should contain an evaluation of (a) policy implementation; (b) the results of cooperation activities, their impact, efficacy, and efficiency; (c) the use of resources; and (d) the quality of the technical cooperation services rendered”; and
That a process of reflection and consultation is taking place within the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) and the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) on mechanisms for policy dialogue in the framework of CIDI and on the present structure of partnership for development, exploring numerous alternatives with a view to strengthening it; and
That significant progress has been made in strengthening CIDI, including the establishment of a transition period to put into practice the proposed structure for FEMCIDI and that major recommendations and guidelines have been received in the framework of the Sixteenth Regular Meeting of CIDI to enhance and consolidate innovative mechanisms for cooperation, in order to link them with existing and potential funding mechanisms;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALSO:
That the Strategic Plan is essential to coordinating policies, programs, and means of action in the area of partnership for integral development, in the framework of the general policy and priorities defined by the General Assembly, and of mandates from CIDI and from the sectoral meetings of ministers and high-level authorities in the economic, social, educational, cultural, labor, tourism, sustainable development, and scientific and technological fields; and
That a new Strategic Plan drawn up on the basis of recommendations to strengthen CIDI will help reinforce partnership for development within the Organization of American States (OAS),
RESOLVES:
1. To extend the term of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009 by one year, until December 31, 2012.


  1. To request the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) to present to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI), before September 30, 2011, a quantitative and qualitative report on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009.




  1. To instruct CEPCIDI to begin, before October 31, 2011, based on report to be submitted by SEDI pursuant to the mandate contained in the preceding operative paragraph, the evaluation of the results achieved under the current Strategic Plan and, taking into account as well the agreements reached at that time to strengthen CIDI, begin preparation of the next Strategic Plan.




  1. To authorize the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) to approve, before December 31, 2012, the next Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development ad referendum of the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly.




  1. T

    o request CIDI 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.



FOOTNOTE

1. Quebec City and paragraph 6-A of the Plan of Action; and paragraph 12 of the Declaration of Nuevo León), as well as in resolution AG/RES. 2014 (XXXIV-O/04), “Trade and Integration in the Americas,” and previous resolutions with the same title.


AG/RES. 2642 (XLI-O/11)
THIRD MEETING OF MINISTERS AND HIGH AUTHORITIES
ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF CIDI
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN resolutions CIDI/RES. 220 (XIV-O/09) and AG/RES. 2471 (XXXIX-O/09), “Report of the Second Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI,” held in Mexico City on October 27 and 28, 2008, and CEPCIDI/RES. 181 (CLXVIII-O/11) “Convocation of the Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI;” and
CIDI/RES. 253 (XVI-O/11) “Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI,”
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the Heads of State and Government gathered at the Fourth Summit of the Americas, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November 4 and 5, 2005, undertook to improve the quality of science education and to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and innovation as principal factors in national strategies and plans for social and economic development, for the fundamental purpose of helping to reduce poverty and generate decent jobs, and that, in that regard, they expressed support for the Declaration and Plan of Action of Lima adopted at the First Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI, held in Mexico City on October 27 and 28, 2008;
That the Heads of State and Government gathered at the Fifth Summit of the Americas held April 17-19, 2009, “in order to foster innovation, increase competitiveness and promote social development, and taking note of the outcomes of the Second Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology, held in Mexico City in 2008,” took on the commitment “to create conditions for increasing public investment and to adopt measures that promote investment in the private sector, particularly in science, technology, engineering, innovation, research and development, and to encourage the strengthening of linkages among universities, science institutions, the private and public sectors, multilateral agencies, civil society and workers. […];”
That the Heads of State and Government at the Fifth Summit of the Americas also recognized “that the benefits of a digital society should reach all citizens of the Americas. Additionally, [they] consider[ed] that reducing the digital divide, both among and within the nations of the Americas, is one of the conditions for achieving internationally agreed development objectives, including those of the Millennium Declaration.” They therefore renewed their “commitment to collaborate with regional, subregional and multinational agencies to advance in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas - the Plan of Action of Quito and the Declaration of the OAS General Assembly held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2006 on ‘Good Governance and Development in the Knowledge-Based Society,’ and we take note of the eLAC 2010 Plan of Action contained in the San Salvador Commitment of 2008.” In addition, they called upon their “ministers and high level authorities with responsibility for information and communication technologies (ICT) and for health and education to promote the use of ICT in all those areas in which they can improve our public and private sectors and the quality of life of our people, and to seek to improve access for households and communities;”
ALSO TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the area of science and technology has been considered as a priority area in the Summits of the Americas process, and that this was confirmed in the 2006-2009 Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development;
CONSIDERING:
That it is of the utmost importance for the Hemisphere to hold at least one ministerial meeting on science and technology before the next Summit of the Americas, with a view to apprising the highest political levels of the priorities, needs, and recommendations of the highest authorities on science and technology in the Americas;
That the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCyT) held its Sixth Regular Meeting on September 9-10, 2010 (CIDI/COMCYT-VI/doc.9/10). At that meeting, the authorities recommended that work be continued in the following areas: a) attract more public and private investment, and making investment attractive; b) place greater emphasis on education and training of human resources and, to this end, begin science education at an early age, in order to encourage youth to choose careers in this area. Also, improve education within both the formal education system (high schools and universities) and the informal system (television, publications), in support of science; c) emphasize engineering with innovative and entrepreneurial components; d) create more and better links of cooperation between the public sector, private sector, and universities; e) promote greater participation of women in science, technology, and engineering; and f) promote cooperation among the countries of the region to confront common challenges, including sharing and replicating successful experiences with other countries to take advantage of synergies;
CONSIDERING ALSO that in resolution CEPCIDI/RES. 175/10 (CLXIV-O/10) “Strengthening the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI): Establishment of a transition period to put into practice the structure proposed for FEMCIDI,” future programming of FEMCIDI in its current modality was suspended, and a transition period was established to put into practice the proposed structure for FEMCIDI, contained in the programming flow chart (CEPCIDI/doc.963/10); and
That under this new FEMCIDI structure, COMCyT is considering methodology to define key topics in the area of science and technology to be financed by FEMCIDI,
RESOLVES:


  1. To accept with pleasure and gratitude the generous offer of the Government of the Republic of Panama to host the Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI, in Panama City on November 17-18, 2011.




  1. To underline the importance of determining the key topics in the area of science and technology to be financed by the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI), and to request the officers of the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCyT) to recommend a methodology for defining them, and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) to consider and approve such methodology as soon as possible.




  1. To highlight the importance of continuing the ministerial dialogue on science and technology in the framework of CIDI and urge member states to ensure that their highest authorities in science and technology participate in that meeting.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat, through the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) to offer the necessary support to prepare for and follow up on the Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology in the Framework of CIDI, and to report periodically to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) on the preparatory process.




  1. To request CIDI to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on implementation of this resolution. 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. 2643 (XLI-O/11)




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