The General Secretariat may negotiate arrangements with member states that are “not current” for the payment in national currency, real estate, or other valuable assets, of quotas more than five years in arrears. Those arrangements shall enter into force only upon approval by the Permanent Council, upon the advice of its Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs, and only upon a determination that:
a. In the case of national currency or other valuable assets, the General Secretariat will not be financially prejudiced by the acceptance of that currency or assets; and
b. In the case of real estate, the General Secretariat will, over a reasonable time, earn income or generate savings from the property in occupancy, use, sale, or rental of the property in an amount equal to or greater than the corresponding arrears.
D. Transitory Provision for Member States More than Five Years in Arrears 1. Member states in arrears for more than five years as of December 31, 1999, shall be “considered current” until December 31, 2002, provided they do all of the following:
a. Pay the quotas for the 2000 fiscal period by August 31, 2000, or otherwise enter into a payment plan with the General Secretariat by that same date for the payment of those quotas by December 31, 2000.
b. Enter into a payment plan with the Secretariat by August 31, 2000, to pay by December 31, 2002, the quotas owed for the 1998 and 1999 fiscal periods.
c. Enter into a payment plan with the General Secretariat by December 31, 2000, for the payment of the amounts owed for fiscal years prior to 1998, and if that plan involves payments in local currency or real estate, obtain the necessary approval of the Permanent Council by that date. This payment plan must provide for a final payment of those amounts owed no later than December 31, 2005.
d. Pay the quotas for the 2001 fiscal period by April 30, 2001, or otherwise enter into a payment plan with the General Secretariat by that same date for the payment of those quotas by December 31, 2001.
e. Pay the quotas for the 2002 fiscal period by April 30, 2002, or otherwise enter into a payment plan with the General Secretariat by that same date for the payment of those quotas by December 31, 2002.
f. Remain in compliance with the foregoing payment plans.
2. For purposes of facilitating compliance with the requirements of the foregoing section, member states wishing to qualify as "considered current" under that provision may designate the percentage of each payment made which they wish to have credited to the current fiscal period and, as a special exception to Article 103 of the General Standards permitted hereunder, the General Secretariat will credit that payment in accordance with the member state's designation.
The Permanent Council shall, at the request of any member state which is “considered current” under this Transitory Provision, extend the "considered current" status of that state beyond the year 2002, provided the state continues to pay or otherwise enter into a payment plan for the payment of quota assessments in each subsequent fiscal period for that period and remains in compliance with that Plan and the payment plans for the pre-1998 quotas past due.
4. Member states that have agreed to payment plans with the General Secretariat for the payment of past due quotas prior to the adoption of this resolution and which are in compliance with these plans on the date of this resolution shall be “considered current” for as long as they remain in compliance.
MEASURES PENDING FURTHER EVALUATION AND CONSENSUS
1. Only those member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible to use for hosting or sponsoring social and cultural events the Hall of the Americas and other General Secretariat facilities without being required to reimburse the Regular Fund, through the General Secretariat, the full operating costs associated with that use; however, this provision shall not apply to the use of those facilities for the celebration of a member state's national day or national week.
2. Fellowships financed by the Regular Fund shall be available only to nationals and residents of member states that are “current” or “considered current.”
3. Except as expressly provided in Article 81 of the Charter, only those member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible to serve as chairs and vice chairs of committees of the councils or to have members of their delegations serve in those posts.
4. Only those member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible to nominate candidates for Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, and only nationals of member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible for election to those posts.
5. Only those member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible to nominate candidates for the Administrative Tribunal and the Board of External Auditors, and only nationals of member states that are “current” or “considered current” shall be eligible for election to serve on those entities.
AG/RES. 1758 (XXX-O/00)
SPECIAL PROGRAM OF SUPPORT TO COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY “El NIÑO”
(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session,
The Charter of the Organization of American States, in particular, Articles 93, 94, and 95;
The Declaration of Santiago, adopted at the Second Summit of the Americas; the Declaration and Strategic Plan of Action of Miami on Disaster Reduction and Sustainable Development; resolutions AG/RES. 1584 (XXVIII-O/98) and AG/RES. 1676 (XXIX-O/99), “Special Program of Support to Countries Affected by ‘El Niño’,” on the participation of the Organization, within its capacity, in preventing, reducing, and mitigating the effects of “El Niño” in the member states; and
The Report of the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR)–the principal OAS forum for natural disaster-related issues–contained in document CP/doc.3324/00; and
That member states attach particular importance to the role of international organizations in preventing, mitigating, and reducing the effects of disasters in member states as a humanitarian, economic, and social duty;
That the cyclical southern oscillation phenomenon known as “El Niño” has had profound and disastrous effects on the Americas, particularly the coastal countries of the South Pacific Ocean;
That it is necessary to strengthen and contribute to national efforts in affected countries to forecast the phenomenon and mitigate its negative social, economic, and environmental effects;
That the United Nations is making efforts to deal with the “El Niño” phenomenon; and
That the World Meteorological Organization published a retrospective study of the impact of “El Niño” and “La Niña” during 1997-1998, which was distributed during the 54th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly,
To reiterate the call made to the member states; the agencies and organizations of the inter-American system, in particular the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, and the Pan American Health Organization; and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in this area to intensify their cooperation with efforts aimed at preventing, reducing, and repairing the damage caused by “El Niño.”
To express its satisfaction with the efforts of the affected countries to repair the damage caused by “El Niño.”
To support the work being done by the United Nations to prevent, mitigate, and repair the damage caused by “El Niño,” as well as the efforts of a number of regional organizations, among them the Permanent Commission of the South Pacific.
To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for informational purposes.
AG/RES. 1759 (XXX-O/00)
APPOINTMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JUSTICE STUDIES
CENTER OF THE AMERICAS
(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session,
held on June 6, 2000)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the Final Report of the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA-III/doc.14/00 rev. 2), held in San José, Costa Rica, from March 1 to 3, 2000;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the agreements resulting from meetings held throughout the year by the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas;
CONSIDERING the need to appoint the Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas without delay; and
BEARING IN MIND the provisions of Articles 6 and 12.a of the Statute of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas,
To instruct the Permanent Council to approve the appointment of the Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, whose nomination the Board of Directors of the Center will submit to the Council in July 2000, taking into account the principle of equitable geographic representation established in the Charter of the Organization.