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AG/RES. 2535 (XL-O/10) Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials


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 (AG/doc.5111/10 add. 1), in particular the section on the matters entrusted to the Committee on Hemispheric Security;

UNDERSCORING the importance of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA);

REITERATING the urgent need for all member states to take appropriate measures for full implementation of the Convention and the importance of promoting and facilitating cooperation and the sharing of information and experiences among all the states at the bilateral, regional, and international levels with a view to averting, combating, and eradicating the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials;

REAFFIRMING the principles of sovereignty, nonintervention, and the juridical equality of states;

RECALLING resolution AG/RES. 2460 (XXXIX-O/09) and previous General Assembly resolutions on the CIFTA, as well as the Declaration of Bogotá on the Functioning and Application of the CIFTA and the Tlatelolco Commitment, adopted at the First and the Second Conference of States Party, respectively; and

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION:

The Work Program 2010-2011 of the Consultative Committee of the CIFTA, which the Committee adopted at its Eleventh Regular Meeting; and

The firearms destruction programs implemented by OAS member states in the framework of CIFTA, the Declaration of Bogotá, and the Tlatelolco Commitment, and the technical support of the General Secretariat in this area,

RESOLVES:

1. To urge all member states that have not already done so to give prompt consideration to ratifying or acceding to, as the case may be, the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and to adopting all necessary measures for its effective implementation.

2. To adopt the Model Legislation and Commentaries in Relation to Confiscation and Forfeiture of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials, which was approved by the Consultative Committee at its Eleventh Regular Meeting, held on April 23, 2010.

3. To encourage the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) to implement, as appropriate, the aforementioned model legislation, and to request the assistance of the Technical Secretariat, where appropriate, in the development and enactment of this model legislation.

4. To convene for April 14 and 15, 2011, at OAS headquarters, the Twelfth Regular Meeting of the Consultative Committee of the CIFTA, pursuant to Article XXI of the Convention; and also to provide support for such preparatory meetings as are relevant.

5. To request the General Secretariat to continue organizing, in the framework of the CIFTA, the Declaration of Bogotá on the Functioning and Application of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (Declaration of Bogotá), and the Tlatelolco Commitment, specialized workshops and training programs on stockpile management and destruction of firearms and munitions; identification, marking and tracing of firearms; strengthening of broker controls; and strengthening of border controls.

6. To request the General Secretariat to update annually the document “Summary of Country Compliance with CIFTA: Status of Ratifications and National Firearms Legislation in Force” (CIFTA/CEP-II/doc.5/08).

7. To include the topic “Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Related Materials” in the 2010-2011 calendar of activities of the Committee on Hemispheric Security so that the Consultative Committee of CIFTA can continue to report periodically on developments in the implementation of the Declaration of Bogotá and the Tlatelolco Commitment.

8. To invite OAS member states, permanent observers to the OAS, international, regional, and subregional organizations, and the international community to consider making voluntary financial contributions to the OAS firearms fund and/or to consider providing technical, human resource, and educational assistance in order to support the full implementation of the CIFTA and strengthen its Technical Secretariat.

9. To direct that the meetings of the Consultative Committee, including meetings within this framework, be held within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other available resources; and to request the General Secretariat to provide the necessary administrative and technical secretariat support for these purposes.

10. To request the Secretary General to present a report to the General Assembly at its forty-first regular session on the status of signatures and ratifications of, and accessions to, the CIFTA.

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

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



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