(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2005)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the findings of studies by different international organizations and some member states on the issue of gangs, which conclude that it is a very complex matter and should be addressed from a holistic viewpoint, including, inter alia, prevention, social support, respect for and protection of human rights, and national law enforcement;
ACKNOWLEDGING that gangs are a problem experienced primarily by the countries of Central America and North America and call for in-depth analysis, as they represent a challenge that requires, first of all, recognition of the advisability and urgency of becoming more knowledgeable about the needs of their members; and
The General Secretariat's initiative to hold, in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, on June 16 and 17, 2005, the Meeting on Transnational Criminal Youth Gangs: Characteristics, Importance and Public Policies, and their relationship with the drug problem in the context of transnational organized crime; and
The initiative of El Salvador to hold, in San Salvador, El Salvador, from June 28 to 30, 2005, the First Regional Forum on Social Prevention of Violence and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of At-Risk Youth and Youth Offenders," in order to help find a solution to this problem, from a social and human perspective,
1. To urge member states to hold seminars and workshops to exchange experiences at the regional, subregional, and national levels on the diverse aspects of gang formation and its prevention.
2. To urge the General Secretariat and the appropriate OAS bodies to support efforts to address this issue in the inter-American arena.
3. To urge the General Secretariat to disseminate any reports that emerge from the special meeting that, within the framework of the OAS, will be held on this subject in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and to provide appropriate follow-up to them.
4. Also to urge the General Secretariat to disseminate any reports that emerge from the aforementioned First Regional Forum on Social Prevention of Violence and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of At-Risk Youth and Youth Offenders.
5. To instruct the General Secretariat to consolidate the results of the various studies conducted in the Hemisphere on this topic.
6. To instruct the Permanent Council and the General Secretariat to carry out, as appropriate, the activities mentioned in this resolution in accordance with the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.
7. To instruct the Permanent Council to follow up on this resolution and to present a report on its implementation to the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth regular session.