Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 7, 2011


(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 add. 1), in particular the section on the matters entrusted to the Committee on Hemispheric Security;

HAVING SEEN ALSO General Assembly resolutions AG/RES. 1998 (XXXIV-O/04), AG/RES. 2117 (XXXV-O/05), AG/RES. 2185 (XXXVI-O/06), AG/RES. 2274 (XXXVII-O/07), AG/RES. 2357 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2443 (XXXIX-O/09), and AG/RES. 2532 (XL-O/10), “Follow-up to the Special Conference on Security”;

RECALLING that the Declaration on Security in the Americas, adopted at the Special Conference on Security, held in Mexico City in 2003, establishes that “[o]ur new concept of security in the Hemisphere is multidimensional in scope, includes traditional and new threats, concerns, and other challenges to the security of the states of the Hemisphere, incorporates the priorities of each state, contributes to the consolidation of peace, integral development, and social justice, and is based on democratic values, respect for and promotion and defense of human rights, solidarity, cooperation, and respect for national sovereignty”;

REAFFIRMING the commitment to revitalize and strengthen the organs, institutions, and mechanisms of the inter-American system related to the various aspects of hemispheric security, to achieve greater coordination and cooperation among them, within their areas of competence, in order to improve the ability of the states of the Americas to address traditional threats as well as new threats, concerns, and other challenges to hemispheric security;

EXPRESSING ITS SATISFACTION with the results of the meetings of the Committee on Hemispheric Security of February 10, 2011, which examined progress in implementation of the Declaration by member states and by the organs, agencies, entities, and mechanisms of the Organization of American States (OAS); and of March 10, 2011, which adopted the “Criteria to Guide and Facilitate Preparation and Presentation of Voluntary Reports by Member States on Measures and Activities Related to Implementation of the Declaration on Security in the Americas” (CP/CSH-1280/11 rev. 1);

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the presentation of voluntary reports on implementation of the Declaration on Security in the Americas by Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States; and

RECOGNIZING the importance of the interaction between the areas of integral development and multidimensional security in the OAS,

RESOLVES:

1. To urge all member states to continue implementing the Declaration on Security in the Americas, with a view to consolidating peace, stability, and security in the Hemisphere.

2. To invite the member states to submit voluntary reports on implementation of the Declaration on Security in the Americas using the document “Criteria to Guide and Facilitate Preparation and Presentation of Voluntary Reports by Member States on Measures and Activities Related to Implementation of the Declaration on Security in the Americas” (CP/CSH-1280/11 rev. 1).

3. To request, in accordance with paragraph 43 of the Declaration on Security in the Americas, that the Committee on Hemispheric Security continue coordinating cooperation among the organs, agencies, entities, and mechanisms of the Organization of American States (OAS) related to the various aspects of security and defense in the Hemisphere, respecting the mandates and areas of competence of each, in order to achieve the application, evaluation, and follow-up of the Declaration on Security in the Americas.

4. To request, in keeping with paragraph 44 of the Declaration on Security in the Americas, that the Committee on Hemispheric Security continue maintaining the necessary liaison with other institutions and mechanisms, whether subregional, regional, or international, related to the various aspects of security and defense in the Hemisphere, respecting the mandates and areas of competence of each, in order to achieve the application, evaluation, and follow-up of the Declaration on Security in the Americas.

5. To request that the Permanent Council, through the Committee on Hemispheric Security, convene a meeting in the first quarter of 2013 to review progress in implementation of the Declaration on Security in the Americas by member states and by the organs, agencies, entities, and mechanisms of the OAS.

6. To instruct the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) to hold, prior to the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly, a joint meeting for member states and the General Secretariat to present their views and experiences on initiatives and programs that contribute to multidimensional security and integral development; to explore opportunities for cooperation in this field, and to foster collaboration between the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security and the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development in areas of common interest.

7. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

8. That 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.