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AG/RES. 2446 (XXXIX-O/09) Support for the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Housing Its Institutional Memory*

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 4, 2009


Organization of American States
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 4, 2009)


RECOGNIZING the Williamsburg Principles, agreed to by all member states of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA);

RECALLING the Declaration of Banff, adopted in 2008 at the VIII Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, whereby the Defense Ministers of the Americas decided to explore areas of support to immediately strengthen the institutional memory of the CDMA, and to create a working group to assess by December 2008 the modalities of CDMA cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS), including the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB);

RECALLING that, in 2006, the General Assembly established the IADB as an entity of the Organization, and adopted the Statutes of the IADB, which, inter alia, define its legal and institutional relationship with the OAS; and

NOTING the importance that member states of the CDMA attach to the institutional memory of the Conference, which is defined as the documentary history, the CDMA Website and archival services, such as document registration and classification, distribution, and safekeeping,

1. To request the Secretary General to entrust to the Inter-American Defense Board, in accordance with its Statutes, the responsibility of hosting the institutional memory of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas within existing financial and personnel resources.

2. To request the Permanent Council and the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its fortieth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

*The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua enters its reservation to this document, as it considers that the institutional memory can be kept directly by the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas.

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