Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 4, 2009


Organization of American States
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 4, 2009)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

MINDFUL of the need to strengthen security and controls at borders and ports of entry through the promotion and adoption, where necessary, of measures to prevent transnational crimes or the commission of acts of terrorism, all the while facilitating the legitimate flow of persons and goods;

RECALLING that the Tlatelolco Commitment, adopted in February 2008 in Mexico City at the Second Conference of States Party to the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), called for cooperation and information-sharing among the member states, in particular among law-enforcement authorities and customs officials, to facilitate the adoption of best practices at national customs facilities and borders and ports of entry, for control in the Hemisphere of illicit trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials;

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the outcomes of the seminar “Practical Approaches to Combating the Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials across Borders: Meeting of Law Enforcement Authorities and Customs Officials,” organized by the General Secretariat, through its Department of Public Security, in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America, and held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from March 16 to 18, 2009, with the aim of improving cooperation and the exchange of experiences among customs and law enforcement authorities on trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials; and

WELCOMING the ongoing border training programs of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security for customs, immigration, and law enforcement authorities,

RESOLVES:

1. To continue to encourage bilateral, subregional, and regional cooperation among customs and law enforcement authorities in order to strengthen hemispheric security, all the while facilitating the legitimate flow of persons and goods.

2. To consider holding periodic meetings of customs and law enforcement authorities on security matters, drawing on the expertise and ongoing programs in this area of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, avoiding the duplication of activities being undertaken by other international organizations in this area.

3. To request the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security to establish and maintain, on the basis of information provided by the member states, an up-to-date Directory of National Points of Contact of technical-level customs and law enforcement personnel to promote the exchange of information and experiences and to facilitate communication among member states, consistent with domestic laws and procedures.

4. To invite the member states, permanent observers, and international, regional, and subregional organizations interested in the subject, to consider making voluntary contributions to support the implementation of this resolution.

5. To request the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its fortieth 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.