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Final Act of the Commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of the Declaration on Security in the Americas


February 19, 2009

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We, the Heads of Delegation, representing the member states of the Organization of American States, gathered in Washington, D.C., for the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Declaration on Security in the Americas1, convened by the General Assembly of the Organization through resolution AG/RES. 2274 (XXXVII-O/07);

RECALLING that in the Declaration on Security in the Americas the states of the Americas represented at the Special Conference on Security, held in Mexico City in October 2003, declared that:

Our 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;

Peace is a value and a principle in itself, based on democracy, justice, respect for human rights, solidarity, security, and respect for international law;

Our cooperation in addressing traditional threats and new threats, concerns, and other challenges to security is also based on shared values and common approaches recognized in the Hemisphere,

REAFFIRM that threats, concerns and other challenges to security in the Hemisphere are diverse in nature and multidimensional in scope, and include political, economic, social, health, and environmental aspects.

RENEW our political commitment to the Declaration on Security in the Americas and agree to move forward on the basis of lessons learned, in order to strengthen our cooperation to address traditional threats as well as new threats, concerns, and other challenges to the security of the states of the Hemisphere.

Signed in Washington, D.C., this nineteenth day of February, two thousand and nine.

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1Pursuant to the mandates contained in resolutions AG/RES. 2274 (XXXVII-O/07) and AG/RES. 2357 (XXXVIII-O/08).



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