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OEA/Ser.C/XII.1

2 April 1997

Original: Spanish


FINAL REPORT OF THE


FIRST REGULAR MEETING OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT

Washington, D.C.

1997



TABLE OF CONTENTS


I. PROCEEDINGS 1
II. SESSIONS OF THE MEETING 1
1. Preliminary Session 1

2.Inaugural Session 3

3.Plenary Session 3

4.Closing Session 6


III. OFFICERS OF THE MEETING 7
IV. RESOLUTIONS APPROVED 9
CIDI/RES. 1 (I-O/96): “Holding of the First Meeting of the

Inter-American Council for Integral Development” 11

CIDI/RES. 2 (I-O/96): “Draft Statutes of the

Inter-American Council for Integral Development” 12


CIDI/RES. 3 (I-O/96): “Strategic Plan of Cooperation for

Integral Development and other basic documents required

for the proper functioning of CIDI” 24

CIDI/RES. 4 (I-O/96): “Relationship between the Special

Committee of Trade (CEC) and the Inter-American Council

for Integral Development (CIDI)” 26

CIDI/RES. 5 (I-O/96): “Working Group on the Development

Problems of Small States of the Caribbean Subregion” 29

CIDI/RES. 6 (I-O/96): “Date and Site of the Second Regular

Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development” 31


CIDI/RES.7 (I-O/96):“Vote of thanks to the people and

government of Panama” 32



V. SPEECHES 33
1. Remarks by the Chairman of the Inter-American

Council for Integral Development 35


2. Remarks by the Secretary General of the

Organization of American States 37


3. Remarks by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico 41
4. Remarks by the Executive Secretary for Integral Development 44

VI. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS 47
VII. LIST OF DOCUMENTS 101

FINAL REPORT OF THE FIRST REGULAR MEETING OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT


I. PROCEEDINGS
The First Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) was convoked on May 7th by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, at the behest of the Co-Chairmen of the Joint CEPCIES/CEPCIECC Working Group Charged with the Transition to CIDI, and held in the city of Panama, Republic of Panama, June 2, 1996.

II. SESSIONS OF THE MEETING
1. Preliminary Session
Pursuant to Articles 56 and 57 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, the Heads of Delegation held a Preliminary Session on June 2, 1996, prior to the Inaugural Session.
Pursuant to paragraph 1 subheading 2 of resolution GTC/RES.2/96, the session was presided over by the Co-Chairmen of the Joint Working Group and called to order by Ambassador Brian Dickson, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS. The Heads of Delegation adopted those recommendations contained in operative paragraph 1 of resolution GTC/RES.2/96 “Holding of the First Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI)”.
In compliance with operative paragraph 1 a) of the aforementioned resolution, the participating delegations elected officers who will hold their posts until the next meeting of the Council, without the need for later ratification.
In this regard, Dr. Ricardo Alberto Arias, Minister of Foreign Relations of Panama, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Council. The election concluded, the new Chairman took up his duties, expressing appreciation for his election and welcoming the delegations.
On behalf of all the delegations, the Chairman thanked the Co-Chairmen of the Joint Working Group, Ambassadors Kingsley C.A. Layne, Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Brian Dickson, Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization, and proceeded to present each with a token of appreciation in recognition of the excellent work they had carried out during the transition period to CIDI. Both Ambassadors expressed their appreciation for distinction conferred on them.
The meeting then proceeded to elect Lic. José Angel Gurría, Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, as Vice Chairman of the Council. He, in turn, expressed his appreciation for the appointment.
Next, the Heads of Delegation adopted the following agreements previously reached by the Joint Working Group, subject to their ratification during the Plenary Session:


a) Agreement on the Agenda
To recommend adoption of the Draft Agenda as prepared by the Joint Working Group (Document CIDI/doc.1/96 rev.1).
b)Agreement on the Committees and on the Topics, Projects and Reports Assigned to Them
It was agreed that all Agenda items would be examined in the Plenary Session.
c)Agreement on Establishing a Deadline for the Presentation of Proposals
The deadline of June 2 at 11:00 a.m. was established for presentation by delegations, in writing, of draft resolutions, motions or amendments that must be studied in depth during the Plenary Session.
d)Agreement on the Duration of the Meeting
It was decided to recommend that the closing of the Meeting take place June 2, 1996 at 12:00 noon.
e) Agreement on the Acts of the Sessions
Taking into account the duration of the Meeting, it was agreed to prepare a brief report of the First Regular Meeting of CIDI which would be submitted for consideration by the twenty-sixth regular session of the General Assembly under item 42.a of that meeting’s agenda.
f)Style Committee
The Style Committee was established pursuant to Article 28 of the Rules of Procedure. It was made up of representatives from the following countries: Barbados for English; Brazil for Portuguese; Canada for French; and, Colombia for Spanish.
g) Order of Precedence
It was agreed to adopt the following order of precedence established by the Preparatory Committee of the twenty-sixth regular session of th General Assembly in its meeting of May 15, 1996:

1. El Salvador 18. Suriname

2. United States 19. Trinidad and Tobago

3. Grenada 20. Uruguay

4. Guatemala 21. Venezuela

5. Guyana 22. Antigua and Barbuda

6. Haiti 23. Argentina

7. Honduras 24. Bahamas

8. Jamaica 25. Barbados

9. Mexico 26. Belize

10. Nicaragua 27. Bolivia

11. Panama 28. Brazil

12. Paraguay 29. Canada

13. Peru 30. Chile

14. Dominican Republic 31. Colombia

15. Saint Lucia 32. Costa Rica

16. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 33. Dominica

17. St. Kitts and Nevis 34. Ecuador



2. Inaugural Session
The Inaugural Session took place on June 2, 1996, at 9:45 a.m., in the Salon Contadora of the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. It was attended by the representatives of the member states, permanent observer states and other accredited organizations.
The Chairman opened the Inaugural Session and took the floor to emphasize the importance of the creation and operation of the new Council. The text of his remarks is included in this Report as Annex 1 and was published as document CIDI/doc.15/96.
Next, the Chairman offered the floor to Dr. Cesar Gaviria, Secretary General of the OAS, who spoke about his vision for CIDI’s future. The text of his comments is attached to this Report and was published as document CIDI/doc.16/96
The Chairman then offered the floor to Lic. José Angel Gurría, Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, who spoke on behalf of all the delegations. The text of his intervention is attached to this report and was published as CIDI/doc.17/96.
3. Plenary Session
a)Ratification of the Agreements Adopted during the Preliminary Session
During the course of this Session, the following agreements, adopted during the Preliminary Session, were ratified: Agenda of the Meeting, establishment of the Style Committee and Order of Precedence pursuant to Article 57 of the General Assembly Rules of Procedure.


b)Approval of the Appointment of the Executive Secretary for Integral Development
In accordance with Article 116 of the Charter, the Secretary General submitted the appointment of Dr. Leonel Zuñiga as Executive Secretary for Integral Development for the approval of the First Regular Meeting of the Council. It was approved by acclamation. Dr. Zuñiga expressed his appreciation for the confidence bestowed on him and promised his best efforts in supporting the work of CIDI. The text of his remarks accompanies this Report and was published as document CIDI/doc.18/96.
c)Consideration of the Statutes of CIDI
The First Regular Meeting considered the Draft Statutes of CIDI and approved a draft resolution, contained in CIDI/doc.6/96 “Draft Statutes of CIDI”, which recommends that the General Assembly approve said draft in accordance with Article 78 of the Charter.
d)Consideration and Approval of a Draft Resolution on the Strategic Plan for Integral Development and Other Basic Documents for the Proper Functioning of CIDI
During its Plenary Session, the First Regular Meeting of CIDI approved the following draft resolutions:
-“Holding of the First Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”
-“Draft Statutes of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”
-“Strategic Plan of Cooperation for Integral Development and Other Basic Documents Required for the Proper Functioning of CIDI”
-“Relationship between the Special Committee on Trade (CEC) and the Inter-America Council for Integral Development (CIDI)”
-“Working Group on the Development Problems of Small States of the Caribbean Subregion”
-“Date and Site of the Second Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”
e)Election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Permanent Executive Committee of CIDI (CEPCIDI) ad referendum of the Approval of the CIDI Statutes by the General Assembly
Ambassador Kingsley C. A. Layne, Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ambassador Brian Dickson, Permanent Representative of Canada were elected by acclamation as Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, of CEPCIDI. Each took the floor to express appreciation for their election and to promise their best efforts in carrying out the work of CEPCIDI.
f)Date and Site of the Second Regular Meeting of CIDI
The Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico offered his country as the site for the Second Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, which will be held during the first quarter of 1997. The Council unanimously approved a draft resolution, CIDI/doc.9/96, thanking the Government of Mexico for its generous offer and charging CEPCIDI with setting the date and place for the Meeting, in consultation with said government.
g)Sources of Financing for the Partnership for Development
The Chairman pointed out that the new system of Partnership for Development will require continued financial support from the Organization’s member states. In response, the following delegations indicated the level of their support:
-The Delegation of Canada offered the sum of 4 million Canadian dollars.
-The Delegation of the United States indicated that it was offering US$8 million for 1996, apart from its support to other specific projects.
-The Delegation of Argentina offered a voluntary contribution of US$769,600 for the education account for 1996.
-The Delegation of Chile offered the sum of US$60,000 for 1996, to go to the special account of education, science and technology, and culture, apart from other future contributions.
-The Delegation of El Salvador announced that it has made its contribution for 1996 and that it will offer a similar amount for 1997.
-The Delegation of Costa Rica offered the sum of US$32,900 for 1996.
-The Delegation of Jamaica pledged US$39,800 for 1996.
-The Delegation of Trinidad and Tobago offered the sum of US$31,000 for 1996.
h)Credentials Report by the Executive Secretary for Integral Development
The Chairman announced that the Executive Secretary for Integral Development, in accordance with Articles 3 and 27 of the General Assembly Rules of Procedure, had submitted a report for the Meeting’s consideration certifying that all the credentials presented by the delegations of the member states and permanent observer countries were in order. In addition, the credentials presented by the representatives of bodies, agencies and entities of the inter-American system, the regional or subregional governmental bodies, the United Nations and its specialized bodies, other international institutions and special invitees were likewise found to be in good order. The Meeting took note of the report presented.
i)Other Matters
The Delegation of Brazil asked for the floor to express his hope that inter-American cooperation has rediscovered the road to partnership and mutual support among the member states in order to achieve integral development and overcome poverty in the Hemisphere. He then announced that the Brazilian Cooperation Fund would begin approving the first projects submitted for its consideration in June.
He also indicated his complete support for the documents adopted by CIDI during this First Meeting. He emphasized that he agrees with the redistribution criteria approved for the Temporary Special Fund for the Transition to CIDI (FET), as an effective instrument for the Partnership for Development, and was therefore pleased to announce that his Government would donate its share of the FET to national projects for the relatively lesser developed countries. Finally, he announced that he would present a regional project in the area of science and technology for the consideration of CEPCIDI.
4. Closing Session
On behalf of all the delegations, Ambassador Blasco M. Peñaherrera, Permanent Representative of Ecuador, submitted a draft resolution for consideration that contained a vote of thanks to the people and Government of Panama for its generous hospitality to the First Regular Meeting of CIDI. The Secretariat read the draft which was then approved by acclamation.
The Chairman, in his capacity as host of the Meeting, expressed his appreciation for the vote of thanks and then officially closed the First Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development.

III. OFFICERS OF THE MEETING

Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI)
Chairman: Dr. Ricardo Alberto Arias (Panama)

Vice Chairman: Lic. José Angel Gurría (Mexico)



Style Committee
Barbados

Brazil


Canada

Colombia


Permanent Executive Committee of the

Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI)
Chairman: Ambassador Kingsley C.A. Layne (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Vice Chairman: Ambassador Brian Dickson (Canada)



Executive Secretary for Integral Development
Dr. Leonel Zuñiga

IV. RESOLUTIONS APPROVED

CIDI/RES. 1 (I-O/96)“Holding of the First Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”

CIDI/RES. 2 (I-O/96)“Draft Statutes of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”
CIDI/RES. 3 (I-O/96)“Strategic Plan of Cooperation for Integral Development and other basic documents required for the proper functioning of CIDI”

CIDI/RES. 4 (I-O/96)“Relationship between the Special Committee of Trade (CEC) and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI)”

CIDI/RES. 5 (I-O/96)“Working Group on the Development Problems of Small States of the Caribbean Subregion”

CIDI/RES. 6 (I-O/96)“Date and Site of the Second Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development”


CIDI/RES.7 (I-O/96)“Vote of thanks to the people and government of Panama”

CIDI/RES. 1 (I-O/96)


HOLDING OF THE FIRST REGULAR MEETING OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT
(Resolution approved at the first plenary session,

held on June 2, 1996)



THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT,

HAVING SEEN resolution GTC/RES. 2/96, "Holding of the First Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI),"

RESOLVES:
To recommend to the General Assembly that it:
a.Reaffirm that the Program Guidelines for the Period of Transition, approved by the Joint CEPCIES/CEPCIECC Working Group in Charge of the Transition to the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) will be in effect until CIDI formulates new guidelines based upon the Strategic Plan for Integral Development; and
b.Confirm that the Temporary Special Fund for CIDI (FET) will continue to function until CIDI establishes the Special Multilateral Fund (FEMCIDI), as provided for in operative paragraph 2.g of resolution GTC/RES.1/96, which is reaffirmed by resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXII-E/96).


CIDI/RES. 2 (I-O/96)


DRAFT STATUTES OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT
(Resolution approved at the first plenary session,

held on June 2, 1996)



THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT,

HAVING SEEN Article 78 of the Charter of the Organization of American States, which provides that each Council shall prepare its own statutes and submit them to the General Assembly for approval; and
CONSIDERING that the Joint CEPCIES/CEPCIECC Working Group in Charge of the Transition to the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) prepared draft statutes for the functioning of CIDI, pursuant to resolution AG/RES. 1314 (XXV-0/95),

RESOLVES:
To recommend to the General Assembly that, at its twenty-sixth regular session, it approve the draft statutes of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) drawn up by the Joint CECPCIES/CEPCIECC Working Group in Charge of the Transition to CIDI, which are attached to this resolution.

DRAFT STATUTES OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT (CIDI)
DRAFT STATUTES OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER I. NATURE AND PURPOSE
Article 1.Nature
The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) is an Organization of American States (OAS) body directly answerable to the General Assembly, with decision-making power in matters of partnership for integral development. It is also a forum for inter-American dialogue on issues of hemispheric interest related to such matters.
Article 2.Purpose
The purpose of CIDI is to promote partnership among its member states for the furtherance of their integral development and, in particular, to help eliminate poverty. It achieves its objectives through the implementation of the Strategic Plan for integral

development.




CHAPTER II. FUNCTIONS AND POWERS
Article 3.Functions and Powers of CIDI
CIDI shall have the following functions and powers:
a)Formulate and recommend the Strategic Plan to the General Assembly;
b)Formulate proposals for strengthening inter-American dialogue on integral development;
c)Promote, coordinate and oversee the execution of the Strategic Plan;
d)Convene regular meetings of the Council at the ministerial or equivalent level; spe­cial meetings; specialized or sectoral meetings;
e)Propose to the General Assembly the holding of specialized conferences, in their particular areas of competence, to deal with special technical matters or to develop specific aspects of inter-American cooperation; to convoke them in urgent cases, in the manner provided for in Resolution AG/RES. 85 (0/72) and to coordinate, when appropriate, the holding of said specialized conferences in the framework of the specialized or sectoral meetings of CIDI;
f)Promote cooperative relations with the corresponding United Nations agencies and with other national and international bodies, particularly as regards coordination of the inter-American technical cooperation programs;
g)Adopt the general guidelines which the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development should follow in carrying out its cooperation activities;
h)Convene high-level meetings and seminars to study development problems and identify efforts that could be undertaken in the CIDI framework, including those resulting from the application of Article 36 of the Charter;
i)Periodically evaluate the execution of cooperation activities with a view to adopting decisions it finds appropriate for their improvement and for the most efficient use of funds; and report to the General Assembly;
j)Participate in the preparation of the program-budget of the Organization as regards cooperation;
k)Fulfill the other functions entrusted to it by the Charter of the Organization, other inter-American instruments, the General Assembly, the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, as provided for in Article 69 of the Charter, as well as those functions established by these Statutes, and to make recommendations in its area of authority.


CHAPTER III. STRUCTURE
Article 4. Composition and Representation of CIDI
CIDI is composed of all the member states, which shall appoint ministerial level representatives, or their equivalent, who will meet in regular, special, specialized or sectoral meetings, which may be convoked by the General Assembly, the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, or on its own initiative. Each state may appoint alternate representatives and advisers as it sees fit.
Article 5. Bodies of CIDI
CIDI shall have the following subsidiary bodies:
a)The Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI);
b)Nonpermanent Specialized Committees;
c)Special Committees; and
d)Other subsidiary bodies and agencies created by the Council.
Article 6. Permanent Executive Committee
The Permanent Executive Committee (CEPCIDI) is the permanent executive body of CIDI. It functions at the same headquarters as the Permanent Council and the General Secretariat.

Article 7. Purpose of CEPCIDI
CEPCIDI shall have the purpose of adopting decisions and making recommendations for the planning, programming, budgeting, management control, follow-up and evaluation of cooperation projects and activities executed in the CIDI area.
Article 8. Functions of CEPCIDI
CEPCIDI shall have the following functions:
a)To determine the execution and level of financing of cooperation projects and activities presented by the member states or the General Secretariat, taking into account the initial evaluation made by the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development;
b)To analyze the execution of cooperation activities with a view to submitting a report to CIDI;
c)To carry out mandates received from CIDI, follow-up on the decisions and recommendations CIDI adopts, and carry out the functions assigned to it under its Rules of Procedure;
d)To propose to CIDI the creation of subsidiary bodies and agencies for the development of hemispheric cooperation in accordance with the provisions of these Statutes;
e)To create its subsidiary bodies; and
f)To instruct the Executive Secretariat concerning the execution of tasks and support activities for the fulfillment of the mandates and functions assigned to CEPCIDI.
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