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STRENGTHENING THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES



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STRENGTHENING THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

(Declaration adopted at the fourth plenary session,

held on June 6, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


RECALLING that, at the Second Summit of the Americas (Santiago, 1998), the Heads of State and Government recognized the important and positive role played by hemispheric institutions, especially the Organization of American States (OAS), and instructed their ministers to examine ways to strengthen and modernize those institutions;
BEARING IN MIND the difficult financial situation currently facing the Organization;
HAVING SEEN the report 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 and the reports of the General Secretariat on the financial situation of the Organization; and
HAVING HEARD the ideas put forward by the foreign ministers and heads of delegation on the strengthening of the Organization, its financial situation, and priorities for its working agenda,
REITERATES the importance of providing the Organization with the funds it needs to fulfill its essential function as a forum for political dialogue and cooperation in the Hemisphere;
INSTRUCTS the Secretary General to present to member states, as promptly as possible, an action plan to resolve the financial crisis currently facing the Organization and to give it a budgetary structure that will prevent such a situation from recurring and will enable the Organization to carry out its mandates; and
URGES member states in arrears to work out with the General Secretariat a plan for bringing their payments up to date as soon as possible.


AG/RES. 1698 (XXX-O/00)

MEETING OF MINISTERS OF JUSTICE OR OF MINISTERS


OR ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF THE AMERICAS
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session,

held on June 5, 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;
BEARING IN MIND that, in the Plan of Action adopted at the Second Summit of the Americas, support was given to “the convening of periodic meetings of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of the Hemisphere within the framework of the Organization of American States"; and
CONSIDERING:
That, in resolution AG/RES. 1615 (XXIX-O/99), the General Assembly convened the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas;
That, in the same resolution, the General Assembly thanked the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for its generous offer to host the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas and accepted that offer; and
That the Permanent Council, at its meeting of April 5, 2000, took note of the Final Report of the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas,


    RESOLVES:




  1. To express its appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica for hosting the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas and for its excellent organization of the deliberations.




  1. To transmit the conclusions and recommendations of the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA-III/doc.14/00 rev. 2), as applicable, to the organs, agencies, and entities of the inter-American system, for their implementation as appropriate.




  1. To instruct the Permanent Council to follow up on the implementation of said conclusions and recommendations, giving special emphasis to those that are to be implemented within the framework of the OAS.

  2. To instruct the Permanent Council to report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session with a view to convening the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas, to take place in Trinidad and Tobago pursuant to resolution AG/RES. 1615 (XXIX-O/99) and in accordance with the resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources.


AG/RES. 1699 (XXX-O/00)

SIXTH INTER-AMERICAN SPECIALIZED CONFERENCE ON

PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (CIDIP-VI)
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session,

held on June 5, 2000)


THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,


HAVING SEEN the Report of the Permanent Council on the Sixth Inter-American Specialized Conference on Private International Law (CIDIP-VI) (CP/doc.3291/00);
BEARING IN MIND that, through resolution AG/RES. 1393 (XXVI-O/96), it convened CIDIP-VI;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that, through resolution CP/RES. 744 (1185/99), the Permanent Council approved the agenda for CIDIP-VI and resolved to convene two meetings of experts prior to the aforementioned specialized conference;
CONSIDERING:
That, through resolution AG/RES. 1613 (XXIX-O/99), it instructed the Permanent Council to set, in collaboration with the General Secretariat, the date and place for the two meetings of government experts convened through resolution CP/RES. 744 (1185/99) to examine the documentation and prepare studies on the topics identified in that resolution; and
That, in the same resolution, AG/RES. 1613 (XXIX-O/99), it instructed the Permanent Council to set the date for CIDIP-VI;
CONSIDERING FURTHER that the Meeting of Government Experts to Prepare for CIDIP-VI was held at OAS headquarters from February 14 to 18, 2000; and
HAVING EXAMINED the Report of the Meeting of Government Experts to Prepare for CIDIP-VI (REG/CIDIP-VI/doc.6/00 corr. 2),
RESOLVES:
1. To express its satisfaction with the outcome of the preparatory Meeting of Government Experts and with the progress being made in preparing for the Sixth Inter-American Specialized Conference on Private International Law (CIDIP-VI).
2. To instruct the Permanent Council to take into account the conclusions and recommendations of the preparatory Meeting of Government Experts and to continue carrying out the tasks it considers necessary to prepare for CIDIP-VI.

  1. To instruct the Permanent Council to set a date in 2001 for CIDIP-VI, in accordance with the resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources, bearing in mind the status of preparations for the Conference and the Government of Guatemala’s offer to host the meeting.




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



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