AG/RES. 1799 (XXXI-O/01): Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions

June 5, 2001

(Resolution adopted at the third plenary session, held on June 5, 2001)


RECALLING the adoption, by resolution AG/RES. 1607 (XXIX-O/99), of the Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on June 7, 1999;

RECALLING ALSO resolution AG/RES. 1749 (XXX-O/00), and that the Heads of State and Government, at the Second and the Third Summit of the Americas (Santiago, 1998, and Quebec City, 2001), pledged to continue promoting transparency;

RECOGNIZING that strengthening peace and security in the Hemisphere is an essential purpose of the Organization of American States and that economic and social development and cooperation among its member states are fundamental to its achievement;

REAFFIRMING the Declaration of Santiago and the Declaration of San Salvador on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, which recommended the application, in the manner that is most suitable, of confidence- and security-building measures; and that it is necessary and timely to continue to increase dialogue to build peace, confidence, and security in the region;

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION that 19 OAS member states have signed the said Convention and one member state has ratified it;

RECALLING its appeal, in the Convention and in resolution AG/RES. 1500 (XXVII-O/97), to the international community to contribute to regional transparency and confidence in the Americas; and

BEARING IN MIND that openness and transparency in the conventional weapons field build mutual confidence, reduce tensions, and strengthen regional and international peace and security, and may help to decrease the acquisition, production, and transfer of conventional weapons,


1. To reaffirm its commitment to the principles of the Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions.

2. To urge all states that have not already done so to sign and ratify or ratify, as appropriate, the Convention as soon as possible.

3. To request the Secretary General to present a report to the Permanent Council, prior to the thirty-second regular session of the General Assembly, on the status of signatures, ratifications, and accessions to the Convention.

4. To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.