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THE SOCIOECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS



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THE SOCIOECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS


OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE COUNTRIES OF THE HEMISPHERE
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session,

held on June 5, 2000)


THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN:
The Declaration of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and the Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Americas; and
The Declaration of Santiago and the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas;
RECOGNIZING:
That climate change is a common concern of humankind; and
The continuing need for scientific research into the sources and effects of climate change and its possible adverse impacts, including the socioeconomic and environmental consequences for the countries of the Hemisphere;
NOTING:
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Buenos Aires Plan of Action; and
The Barbados Declaration and the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island States, including the five-year review which took place at the United Nations in September 1999;
ACKNOWLEDGING:
The urgent need by all member states to begin the process of planning for adaptation to global climate change and to put in place measures to mitigate the possible adverse effects of climate change on the countries of the Hemisphere; and
The active participation by the governments of the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility through the World Bank and executed by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States with the University of the West Indies Center for Environment and Development; and

RECALLING:


That resolution AG/RES. 1674 (XXIX-O/99) instructed the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) to examine ways to address climate change in the Americas; and
That, in resolution AG/RES. 1682 (XXIX-O/99), the member states established the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction and resolved “to promote the exchange of technical and scientific personnel in the area of research into adverse events” that have harmful socioeconomic and environmental impacts on the countries of the Hemisphere,
RESOLVES:


  1. To instruct the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), through its appropriate subsidiary bodies, to keep this topic under review, bearing in mind the need to avoid duplication of work in other forums.




  1. To instruct the General Secretariat to seek to mobilize resources to assist member states in their efforts to adapt to climate change.




  1. To instruct CIDI to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

AG/RES. 1737 (XXX-O/00)


AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session,

held on June 5, 2000)




THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
RECALLING that resolution AG/RES. 1603 (XXVIII-O/98), "Modernization of the OAS and Renewal of the Inter-American System," established the Special Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) “for the purpose of identifying the aspects with regard to which it is necessary to foster and intensify the process of strengthening and modernizing the OAS by defining strategies, procedures, and concrete actions with a view to promoting a comprehensive renewal of the inter-American system, on the basis of the dialogue of foreign ministers and heads of delegation of the General Assembly”;
RECALLING ALSO that resolution AG/RES. 1603 (XXVIII-O/98) authorized the Permanent Council to adopt such organizational and structural measures as it considered suitable in pursuit of the aims set forth in that resolution, including the adoption ad referendum of decisions requiring authorization from the General Assembly, and to report to the Assembly on the work carried out;


    CONSIDERING the report presented by the Chair of the Special Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development on the Strengthening and Modernization of the OAS (CP/doc.3331/00); and

    BEARING IN MIND that, at its meeting of December 15, 1999, the Permanent Council adopted, by resolution CP/RES. 760 (1217/99), ad referendum of the General Assembly, amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly,


RESOLVES:




    To adopt the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, which are attached to this resolution:

APPENDIX
RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

I. NATURE AND COMPOSITION


Article 1. The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States and is composed of the delegations accredited by the governments of the member states.

II. PARTICIPANTS



Delegations



Article 2. The delegations of the member states shall be composed of the representatives, advisers, and other persons whom the governments accredit. Each delegation shall have a head of delegation, who may delegate his duties to any other member of his delegation.

Credentials



Article 3. The members of each delegation and the permanent observers to the Organization of American States shall be accredited to the General Assembly by their respective governments through written communication to the Secretary General of the Organization.

Precedence



Article 4. The order of precedence of the delegations for each session shall be established by lot by the Preparatory Committee of the General Assembly. The order of precedence of the permanent observers shall be established in the same manner.



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