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AG/RES. 2540 (XL-O/10) Follow-Up to the Meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas


Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 8, 2010

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(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 8, 2010)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

Having seen the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly, in particular the section on the matters entrusted to the Committee on Hemispheric Security (AG/doc.5111/10 add. 1);

RECOGNIZING that it is the exclusive duty and obligation of states to address problems related to public security in order to safeguard the rights and well-being of their citizens, in a framework of security and respect for human rights;

HAVING SEEN resolution AG/RES. 2444 (XXXIX-O/09), “Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas”;

BEARING IN MIND the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas (MISPA/doc.7/08 rev. 4), adopted at the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA I), held in Mexico in October 2008; and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security (MISPA II/doc.8/09 rev. 4), adopted at the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA II), held in the Dominican Republic in November 2009;

TAKING NOTE WITH SATISFACTION of the publication of the Report on Citizen Security and Human Rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

TAKING NOTE of the outcomes of the Inter-American Specialized Conference on Public Security: Meeting of Experts to Prepare for MISPA II, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, in August 2009, and of the civil society preparatory meeting, held in Lima, Peru, in September 2009;

WELCOMING the offer of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to host the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III);

WELCOMING ALSO the offer of the Government of Chile to host the next Meeting of Experts on Public Security in preparation for MISPA III; and

MINDFUL:

That violence and crime negatively affect the social, economic, and political development of our societies;

Of the urgent need to strengthen cooperation to prevent and combat more effectively violence, crime, and insecurity at the national, regional, and international levels, with respect for state sovereignty;

Of the importance of public security management; prevention of crime, violence, and insecurity; police management; citizen and community participation; and international cooperation; and

Of the need to establish ties with the Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) on public security issues,

RESOLVES:

1. To endorse the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security (MISPA II/doc.8/09 rev. 4) of the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA-II), which is an integral part of this resolution.

2. To encourage member states to effectively implement or continue implementing the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security; and to request the General Secretariat to carry out or continue carrying out the mandates entrusted to it in those documents.

3. To welcome the decision by the ministers to institutionalize the process of meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA) agreed to in the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security.

4. To encourage coordination of future meetings of the MISPA and Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA).

5. To request the Permanent Council to ask member states, through the Committee on Hemispheric Security (CSH), to exchange information on matters related to the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security.

6. To urge the General Secretariat to conclude the feasibility study, with the inputs from member states, on the best ways to strengthen the training and education of personnel with responsibility in public security in the region (MISPA/RE/doc.4/09), for presentation to the next Meeting of Experts on Public Security in preparation for MISPA III, and to keep the Committee on Hemispheric Security permanently informed of the progress made.

7. To request the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security to prepare, on the basis of the inputs provided by the member states, among other things, a compilation of best practices and experiences in the areas of prevention of crime, violence, and insecurity; public security management; police management; citizen and community participation; and international cooperation.

8. To invite the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to submit the Report on Citizen Security and Human Rights, through the Committee on Hemispheric Security, to the Permanent Council for consideration by the member states.

9. To convene the Meeting of Experts on Public Security, to be held in Santiago, Chile, on November 18 and 19, 2010, to prepare for the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas; and the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas, to be held in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011.

10. That the execution of the activities envisaged in this resolution shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

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

 

ANNEX

SECOND MEETING OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC SECURITY IN THE AMERICAS
November 4 and 5, 2009
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic _________________________________________________________________________________

CONSENSUS OF SANTO DOMINGO ON PUBLIC SECURITY

(Adopted at the seventh plenary session, held on November 5, 2009 and revised by the Style Committee on December 4, 2009)

We, the Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas and representatives of the member states of the Organization of American States, gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on November 4 and 5, 2009, at the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA II), convened by the General Assembly of the Organization in resolution AG/RES. 2444 (XXXIX-O/09),

REITERATING the validity and importance of the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas, adopted during the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas, held in Mexico City in October 2008, and also of the Declaration of Port of Spain of the Fifth Summit of the Americas;

BEARING IN MIND that in the aforementioned Commitment to Public Security in the Americas the representatives of the member states expressed their political will to address, and the priority of addressing, all forms of crime, violence, and insecurity in a mutually supportive, preventive, comprehensive, coherent, effective, and continuous manner;

TAKING NOTE of the outcomes of the Inter-American Specialized Conference on Public Security: Meeting of Experts to Prepare for MISPA II, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, in August 2009, and of the civil society preparatory meeting, held in Lima, Peru, in September 2009;

RECOGNIZING that public security conditions improve through full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the promotion of education, culture, health, and economic and social development;

RECOGNIZING ALSO that additional efforts are needed at the hemispheric, subregional, domestic, and local levels to reduce crime, violence, and insecurity in the region;

UNDERSCORING the importance of public security management; prevention of crime, violence, and insecurity; police management; citizen and community participation; and international cooperation;

CONSIDERING the importance of actively adopting prevention policies, programs, and actions to fight crime, violence, and insecurity, protecting at-risk youth and vulnerable populations; and

CONCERNED at the adverse economic and social impact of transnational organized crime and other forms of organized criminal activity, and convinced that cooperation urgently needs to be strengthened to more effectively prevent and combat those activities at the domestic, regional, and international levels, while respecting the sovereignty of states,

SHOULD THEREFORE:

1. Forge ahead with implementation of the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas (MISPA/doc.7/08 rev. 4).

2. Encourage member states to exchange best practices and experiences on the subject of prevention of crime, violence, and insecurity, public security management, police management, citizen and security participation, and international cooperation, based on the successful experiences of member states and of citizen and community participation.

3. Request the General Secretariat to propose, within the framework of the Committee on Hemispheric Security (CSH) and with the support of member states, initiatives needed to fully implement the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas.

4. Thank the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States for the draft feasibility study on the best ways to strengthen in the region the training and education of personnel with responsibility for public security matters (MISPA/RE/doc.4/09); request that it complete the study with input from the member states, so that it can be submitted to MISPA III for consideration by the ministers; and ask that it keep the CSH permanently informed of progress made.

5. Institutionalize the MISPA process by holding a Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas every two years (in odd years), beginning with this one, and a preparatory meeting of experts prior to the ministerial meetings, in the framework of the CSH.

6. Thank the Government of the Republic of Chile for its kind offer to host the next meeting of experts to prepare for MISPA III and are pleased to accept that offer.

7. Look forward to continuing the MISPA process at our third meeting, to be held in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

8. Thank and commend the people and Government of the Dominican Republic for hosting the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas and for the warm welcome they extended to us during this meeting.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on this fifth day of the month of November of two thousand and nine.



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