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;

RECOGNIZING that it is the exclusive duty and obligation of states to address problems related to public security in an effort to safeguard the rights and well-being of their citizens, in a framework of security and respect for human rights;

BEARING IN MIND the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas (MISPA/doc.7/08 rev. 4), adopted at the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA I), held in Mexico in October 2008; and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security (MISPA II/doc.8/09 rev. 4), adopted at the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA II), held in the Dominican Republic in November 2009;

BEARING IN MIND ALSO the theme of the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas;

HAVING SEEN resolutions AG/RES. 2444 (XXXIX-O/09), “Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas,” and AG/RES. 2540 (XL-O/10), “Follow-up to the Meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas”;

TAKING NOTE of the outcomes of the Meeting of Caribbean Academics and Experts on Public Security: Looking ahead Towards MISPA III, which was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on May 19 and 20, 2010;

TAKING NOTE ALSO of the results of the Meeting of Government Experts in Preparation for MISPA III, held in Santiago, Chile, on November 18 and 19, 2010, particularly with regard to the establishment of “police management” as a relevant area identified for consideration by the Ministers of Public Security during MISPA III; and

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the offer of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to host the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III),

RESOLVES:

1. To encourage member states to effectively implement or continue implementing the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security; and to request the General Secretariat to execute or continue the execution of the mandates entrusted to it in those documents.

2. To encourage the ministers responsible for public security in the Americas to continue to strengthen the capacity of member states in public security management; prevention of crime, violence, and insecurity; police management; citizen and community participation; and international cooperation.

3. To urge the General Secretariat to conclude, with the inputs from member states, the Feasibility study for Strengthening the Training of Public Security Personnel in the Region (MISPA/RE/doc.4/09), for presentation to the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III), and to keep the Committee on Hemispheric Security (CSH) regularly informed of the progress made.

4. To request the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, on the basis of the inputs provided by member states, to continue, inter alia, to expand its compilation of best practices and experiences in the areas of police management and international cooperation for presentation to the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III).

5. To convene the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on November 17 and 18, 2011.

6. To establish a Working Group, through the CSH, to coordinate preparations for MISPA III.

7. To include the topic “Follow-up to the Meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas” in the 2011-2012 calendar of activities of the CSH for the purpose of following up on the outcomes of MISPA III and the implementation of mandates entrusted to the General Secreatriat through the MISPA process.

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