AG/RES. 2626 (XLI-O/11) International Conference in Support of the Central American Security Strategy

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 7, 2011

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)


RECALLING the multidimensional approach to hemispheric security set forth in the Declaration of Bridgetown [AG/DEC. 27 (XXXII-O/02)], which states that “these new threats, concerns, and other challenges are cross-cutting problems that require multifaceted responses by different national organizations, all acting appropriately in accordance with democratic norms and principles”;

BEARING IN MIND the Framework Treaty on Democratic Security in Central America and the Declaration on Security in the Americas, which reaffirmed the principles, shared values, and common approaches on which peace and security in the Hemisphere are based;

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the concept of security set forth in the Declaration on Security in the Americas includes traditional threats, as well new threats, concerns, and other challenges; contributes to strengthening peace, to integral development, and to social justice; and is based on democratic values, respect, the promotion and defense of human rights, solidarity, cooperation, and respect for national sovereignty;

EXPRESSING the political will and commitment of the countries of the region to work together for a more secure and stable Hemisphere based on cooperation;

RECOGNIZING that preventing and efficiently fighting transnational organized crime requires international cooperation and an integrated approach, and that the Hemisphere and the international community also bear a shared responsibility to address the worldwide problem of drugs and related crimes;

RECOGNIZING ALSO resolution AG/RES. 2053 (XXXIV-O/04), “Central American Democratic Security Model,” adopted on June 8, 2004;

REAFFIRMING the importance of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and that bilateral, subregional, and regional agreements and cooperation mechanisms in the security and defense area are vital to strengthening security in the Hemisphere;

CONSIDERING the outstanding progress of the Central American Security Commission in promoting the aims of the Central American states in terms of preventing and fighting crime and the serious threats faced by those states;

REAFFIRMING the important contributions of the Central American Integration System (SICA) to hemispheric security and the progress achieved in the integral development of its democratic security model;

BEARING IN MIND what was expressed at the special meeting of heads of state and government of the SICA member countries held in Honduras on October 3, 2006, and at the special summit of heads of state and government of the SICA countries to re-launch the Central American integration process held in El Salvador on July 20, 2010;

TAKING NOTE of the commitments adopted through the Declaration of Antigua and the Joint Communiqué of the Intersectoral Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Public Security and Interior Ministers, Defense Ministers, Attorneys General, and Chiefs and Directors of Police of the SICA Countries on October 3, 2010;

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the efforts of the Central American countries to strengthen and extend cooperation in the area of regional security through bilateral, multilateral, and subregional coordination mechanisms, and the important efforts of other states in the Hemisphere and of international organizations to share their experience and knowledge in the security and justice area with the Central American nations; and

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the efforts of the Central American states to modernize defense and public security forces so as to deal with the new threats, concerns, and other challenges of transnational organized crime; the update of their Security Strategy; and the collective will of the Central American governments and peoples to step up the fight against the threat posed by the growing rates of crime and violence,


1. To welcome the International Conference in Support of the Central American Security Strategy to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on June 22 and 23, 2011.

2. To thank the group of friendly countries for their efforts and dedication during the preparatory work for the International Conference in Support of the Central American Security Strategy.

3. To invite the international community to provide its technical and financial support to efforts by Central American states in order to address the threats posed by transnational organized crime and increasing violence in their societies.

4. To request international organizations, especially the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the United Nations, and the appropriate technical agencies, to continue supporting Central American states in their efforts to make that conference relevant and successful.

5. To encourage all sectors of Central American society as a whole to help to implement the Central American Security Strategy, promoting a culture of prevention, legality, and security in Central American communities and throughout the region.

6. To urge Central American states to draw upon the lessons learned by and good practices of other subregional mechanisms and states in the Hemisphere that have faced problems of crime and violence.

7. To instruct the General Secretariat, in the context of the working programs of the OAS, to support, as appropriate, the initiatives that Central American countries may present in relation to the Central American Security Strategy.

8. To encourage Central American states to draw upon the support of the organs, agencies, entities, and mechanisms of the OAS and of the inter-American system to help to promote security in the subregion.

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

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