SPECIAL JOINT WORKING
GROUP OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL AND THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ON
THE STRENGTHENING AND MODERNIZATION OF THE OAS
GETC/FORMOEA-101/99 rev. 5
25 May 1999
THE OAS AND CIVIL SOCIETY
(Approved by the Special Joint Working Group at its session held on May
May 3, 1999
Ambassador Antonio Mercader
Permanent Representative of Uruguay
to the Organization of American States
2801 New Mexico Ave., N.W., Suite 1210
Washington, D.C., 20007
Dear Ambassador Mercader:
In accordance with the decision of the meeting of the Special Joint
Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral
Development (CIDI) on the Strengthening and Modernization of the OAS held on March 11,
1999, attached please find a set of proposals regarding the implementation of AG/RES. 1539
(XXVIII-O/98), "The OAS and Civil Society" drafted through informal
consultations with the participation of the delegations of Argentina, Brazil, Canada,
Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the
United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The proposals include a draft resolution for the next meeting of the
General Assembly and a Progress Report that contains specific recommendations on the
various mandates covered by AG/RES. 1539. A set of Guidelines for Civil Society
Participation in OAS activities is attached to the Progress Report. Taken together, we
feel that these documents can provide a comprehensive response to the General Assembly on
civil society issues and address many of the concerns raised by delegations in the Special
Joint Working Group during the two previous meetings held on the matter.
We submit these documents as a basis for negotiation in the framework
of the Special Joint Working Group. I would like to underline in this regard that this
does not imply the co-sponsorship or endorsement of the draft proposals by the
participating delegations. We trust that you will be able to circulate these documents
attached to this letter in the four official languages in a timely manner in order to be
able consider them at the earliest possible time in the Special Joint Working Group.
Peter M. Boehm
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada
THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES AND CIVIL SOCIETY
The General Assembly,
Recognizing the increasingly important role of civil society
organizations in public life in all Member States of the Organization of American States,
Also recognizing the significant contribution of civil society
organizations to the activities of the Organization of American States and its organs and
related agencies throughout the Inter-American system, and in specific technical
Having seen the resolution of the Permanent Council "Status
of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the OAS" [CP/RES.704 (1129/97)], the
report by the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council on the
Status of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the OAS (CP/doc.2946/97) and the
Standards on Cooperative Relations between the Organization of American States and the
United Nations, its Specialized Agencies, and Other National and International
Organizations [AG/RES.57 (I-O/71],
Recalling that, in the Plan of Action of the First Summit of the
Americas, held in Miami in 1994, leaders declared that "A strong and diverse civil
society, organized in various ways and sectors, including individuals, the private sector,
labor, political parties, academics, and other non-governmental actors and organizations,
gives depth and durability to democracy;"
Also recalling the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the
Americas, which noted that the OAS could serve as a forum for the exchange of experiences
and information on the formation of responsible and transparent, non-profit and other
civil society organizations, and entrusted the Organization to promote appropriate
programs to foster greater participation of civil society in public affairs,
Recognizing that AG/RES. 1539 (XXVIII-O/98) instructed the
Permanent Council "to examine ways to increase the degree to which appropriate
non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations may become more closely
involved in, and contribute to, the activities of the Organization , and ways to implement
the tasks entrusted to the OAS in the Santiago Plan of Action with respect to civil
Bearing in mind that the Special Joint Working Group of the
Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) on the
Strengthening and Modernization of the OAS has held substantive discussions on the
implementation of AG/RES.1539,
Considering that the General Assembly requested the Permanent
Council to present a progress report on the implementation of AG/RES.1539;
Bearing in mind the progress made on the draft Guidelines for
Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities, in particular those related to Chapters I,
II, III, IV, and VI, attached to the progress report of the Permanent Council on the
fulfillment of resolution AG/RES. 1539 (XXVIII-O/98), prepared by the Special Joint
Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral
Development (CIDI) on the Strengthening and Modernization of the OAS.
- Welcomes the progress report of the Permanent Council on the implementation of AG/RES.
- Resolves to establish within the Permanent Council a Committee on Civil Society
Participation in OAS Activities, composed of all the member states of the Organization.
- Instructs the Permanent Council to prepare, by way of that Committee, and bearing in
mind the attachment to the report presented by the Permanent Council, guidelines for civil
society participation in OAS activities, for adoption before December 31, 1999.
- Thanks the Secretary General for complying with the requests set out in resolution
CP/RES. 704 (1129/97), in particular the preparation of a register of NGOs with which the
OAS has relations.
- Requests the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly on the implementation
of this resolution at its thirtieth regular session.
DRAFT PROGRESS REPORT OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL ON THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 1539
- The implementation of General Assembly resolution 1539 was discussed in three meetings
of the Special Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and CIDI on the Strengthening
and Modernization of the OAS, established in accordance with General Assembly resolution
1603. The issue was also discussed in a series of informal consultations among several
- Written contributions to the discussions were presented by the Delegation of Brazil
(GETC/FORMOEA-65/98) and, jointly, by the delegations of Argentina, Canada, Dominican
Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States (GETC/FORMOEA-80/99).
- The discussions took into account the existing legal basis on the establishment of
cooperative relations between the Organization of American States and the United Nations
Organization, its Specialized Agencies and other national and international organizations,
as set out in the Norms annexed to General Assembly Resolution 57. Articles 13 to 22 of
the Norms specifically address the relationship with non-governmental organizations
distinguishing between general and special cooperative relations. It was recalled that, in
the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas, the governments noted that the
OAS might serve as a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, enabling the
member states to promote civil society participation by developing principles and
recommendations for encouraging the formation of responsible, transparent, nonprofit
organizations within institutional frameworks. In this process, the governments will draw
upon existing initiatives that promote increased civil society participation in public
affairs, such as relevant and successful experiences of the national councils for
sustainable development and the Inter-American Strategy for Public Participation, among
others. They also entrusted the OAS with encouraging support among governments and civil
society organizations and promoting appropriate programs to that end.
- An acknowledgement was also made of previous discussions on the status of
non-governmental organizations in the OAS in the framework of the Working Group of the
Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council. The Working Group,
which met between 1994 and 1997), recognized the valuable contribution of NGOs to the
Organization and concluded, in its report (CP/doc.2946/96), that the existing norms,
although of a general nature, permitted NGO participation in OAS meetings and therefore
did not require modifications.
- Pursuant to the above-mentioned Report, the Permanent Council adopted CP/Res.704. The
Special Joint Working Group took note of the fact that the requests to the
Secretary-General on the presentation of proposals regarding the elaboration of practical
guidelines to ensure the coherence and enhancement of relations between the Secretariat
and NGOs have not yet been complied with.
- It was also noted that the Secretariat has not yet complied with requests to present a
list of NGOs with which the Organization has established special relations and that
participate in program implementation on behalf of the OAS or joint projects and that
contribute technical, administrative or financial resources to the Organization.
- The participation of civil society organizations in the work of various organs and
entities of the Inter-American System was also acknowledged. Specific mention was made of
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control
Commission (CICAD), the Pan-American Health Organization, the Inter-American Commission of
Women (CIM), and the Inter-American Development Bank.
- Similarly, the Inter-American Public Participation Strategy established by the Bolivia
Summit on Sustainable Development as well as civil society participation in the framework
of the negotiations on the establishment of a Free Trade Zone of the Americas, were
identified as positive examples for OAS efforts in that regard.
- Throughout the discussions, the priority interest of Member States in civil society
issues, in particular those identified in General Assembly mandates and recommendations,
was clearly demonstrated.
- Member States also acknowledged the evolving nature of civil society and its existing
and potential contributions to the work of the Organization.
- While there was consensus on the importance of enhancing civil society participation,
Member States expressed a wide variety of points of view on the practical approaches
toward achieving this objective. In this regard, concerns were raised by some member
states about the scope and nature of greater civil society participation, its financial
implications, the need for representation of civil society organizations from all Member
States, and their participation in activities related to all issues in the OAS and Summit
agendas. Others felt that responses to these issues could be satisfactorily provided
through an appropriate mechanism.
- In the process of fulfilling General Assembly mandates, it was recognized that the
experience of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which in 1996 revised
existing arrangements for consultative relations with non-governmental organizations
through its resolution 1996/31, could be a useful one for the Organization of American
- The Joint Special Working Group recognized that, taking into account that the
Organization of American States' relationship with civil society organizations is
manifold, and given the varied nature of the mandates contained in General Assembly
Resolution 1539, the response of the OAS should address the full range of matters
addressed in Resolution 1539.
- In this regard, the Special Joint Working Group concluded that the response to General
Assembly Resolution would have to address the following issues:
a. Measures to increase the degree to which appropriate
non-governmental and civil society organizations may become more closely involved in, and
contribute to, the activities of the Organization:
- Relations between the General Secretariat and civil society organizations;
- Participation of civil society organizations in technical cooperation projects and
- Participation of civil society organizations in meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
b. Measures to implement OAS-related mandates of the Santiago Plan of
- The OAS as a forum for the exchange of experiences and information on the formation of
responsible and transparent, non-profit and other civil society organizations;
- Promotion of appropriate programs to foster greater participation of civil society in
II. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- In its examination of General Assembly Resolution 1539 and based on the discussions and
recommendations of the Special Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and CIDI, the
Permanent Council reached the following conclusions and recommendations, to be implemented
by the relevant organs and by the General Secretariat, as appropriate: Measures to
increase the degree to which nongovernmental and relevant civil society organizations may
become more closely involved in, and contribute to, the activities of the Organization.
- The relationship between the OAS and civil society organizations is not a new
phenomenon. There is a tradition of cooperation with civil society organizations in the
implementation of technical cooperation projects, and certain organizations have been
consulted on occasion in specific or technical areas. The Organization derives its mandate
to work with the United Nations, its Specialized Agencies and other national and
international entities from the Charter itself (Articles 57c, 57d, 91d, 95d, and 112h),
and in the statutes of the councils.
- Civil society organizations can make significant contributions to the work of the
Organization. They can introduce additional knowledge and information in the
decision-making process; they can raise new issues and concerns to be subsequently
addressed by the Organization; they can provide expert advice in areas where they are the
main actors; and they can contribute greatly to a consensus-building process in many
- Given the evolution of the role of non-State actors in public life and their increasing
role at the national, regional and international level - trends recognized both by the OAS
and the Summit of the Americas ways and means should be identified to enhance
existing norms and practices in order to adapt to these new phenomena.
Relations between the General Secretariat and civil society
- The General Secretariat should develop strategies to strengthen its ties with civil
society organizations in order to benefit from their potential contributions in the fields
of resource mobilization, operational activities, research and information outreach, and
The General Secretariat should attempt to ensure that geographical location or ability to
dispose of funds of the different civil society organizations interested in participating
in the activities of the Organization shall not be an impediment to balanced
- In this regard, the Department of Public Information and the OAS National Offices are
encouraged to take advantage of the positive role that civil society organizations in all
Member States can play in the dissemination of information related to OAS goals and
programs and in publicizing and gathering support for campaigns carried out by the
- A crucial link to civil society organizations is the OAS Web site, considering that the
advance of modern information technologies and their frequent use of the Internet make
them primary beneficiaries of its offerings. Measures should be undertaken by the General
Secretariat to further strengthen the usefulness of the Web site and to facilitate civil
society organizations' access to OAS-related information.
- The General Secretariat should also work toward ensuring the effective dissemination of
OAS publications and newsletters of special interest to civil society organizations,
particularly in cases of limited access to the Internet and other electronic information
Participation by civil society organizations in technical
cooperation projects and programs
- Participation of civil society organizations in operational activities relating to
cooperation program design, funding, and implementation should be strengthened. This is an
aspect in which civil society organizations based in developing countries can play a key
- In order to facilitate this objective, the General Secretariat is requested to inform
the relevant inter-governmental organs (CIDI, Permanent Council) with respect to the
participation of civil society organizations in projects, programs and other activities,
as well as to maintain an up-dated list of organizations with which the Organization has
established special cooperative relations.
Participation by civil society organizations in meetings of
- Although existing arrangements regarding the public nature of OAS meetings permit the
presence of civil society organizations, it is recognized that the work of the
Organization would benefit from the existence of clear guidelines and criteria regarding
the scope and nature of civil society participation in intergovernmental meetings.
- In this regard, it would also be useful to further clarify the relations between the
Organization and civil society organizations through procedures which clearly set out
criteria for participation and the responsibilities and obligations associated with it.
- The arrangements set forth in the attached document, "Guidelines for Civil Society
Participation in OAS Activities," are intended to achieve these objectives, through
the creation of an accredited status for civil society organizations; the establishment of
a Permanent Council Committee on Civil Society Participation to oversee its
implementation; and the definition of rules of participation in intergovernmental
- The arrangements set forth in the attached Guidelines complement and do not modify the
Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly (Article 10.b); or the Norms of Specialized
Inter-American Conferences (Article 11).
Measures to implement OAS-related mandates of the Santiago Plan
- In its review of the OAS-related mandates of the Santiago Plan of Action, the Permanent
Council concluded that their implementation would be an ongoing process, which, to be
effective, requires close cooperation with Member States as well as appropriate
coordination with the mechanisms for reviewing the implementation of Summit of the
The OAS as a forum for the exchange of experiences and
information on the formation of nonprofit and other civil society organizations that are
responsible and transparent
- The Permanent Council concluded that the OAS can play a useful role as a forum for the
exchange of experiences and information on the formation of responsible and transparent,
non-profit and other civil society organizations. To strengthen this role, the Permanent
Council recommends the convening of OAS seminars on the issue or, as appropriate, of
special meetings of the Permanent Council or its relevant committees both in headquarters
and throughout the hemisphere.
Promotion of appropriate programs to foster greater participation
by civil society in public affairs.
- Member States are encouraged to establish and/or strengthen efficient communication
systems or consultative mechanisms with civil society organizations which allow for the
exchange of information and proposals regarding their interests and priorities as they
relate to the OAS agenda.
- Member States with relevant experience in this area are encouraged to exchange
information with other Member States, through the OAS, if deemed appropriate.
- The Permanent Council recognizes that, to achieve the objectives set out in paragraph
32, the OAS, with the appropriate financial support of the Inter-American Development
Bank, could offer advice/assistance to Member States that request it, in particular on the
establishment of coordination mechanisms that facilitate contacts between governments and
civil society organizations
Guidelines for Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities
The following guidelines complement the norms on cooperative relations
between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Organization and
its Specialized Agencies, and other national and international organizations, approved by
the General Assembly through resolution AG/RES. 57 (1-O/71), in particular, its Chapter V,
related to Non-Governmental Organizations. The purpose of these guidelines is to steer and
facilitate participation by civil society in the activities of the OAS, without prejudice
to application of the norms already in force in the organization.
Principles to be applied in the accreditation of civil society
- The organization/ shall be concerned with matters falling within the
competence of the OAS.
- The aims and purposes of the organization shall be consistent with the spirit, purposes,
and principles of the OAS Charter.
- The organization shall undertake to support the work of the OAS and to promote knowledge
of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the
nature and scope of its competence and activities.
- The Committee on civil society participation, the establishment of which is considered
in Section II of this report, in considering applications for accredited status, should
ensure, to the extent possible, participation by civil society organizations from all
Member States, in order to help achieve a just, balanced, effective, and genuine
involvement of civil society organizations from all regions.
- Regional, subregional and national organizations, including those affiliated to an
international organization which already has accredited status, may be admitted provided
that they can demonstrate that their program of work is of direct relevance to the aims
and purposes of the Organization of American States and, in the case of national
organizations, after consultation with the Member State concerned. The views expressed by
the Member State, if any, shall be communicated to the non-governmental organization
concerned, which shall have the opportunity to respond to those views through the
- The organization shall be of recognized standing within its field of competence, shall
be representative in nature, and shall have appropriate mechanisms for reporting to its
- The organization shall have an established headquarters, with an executive officer. It
shall have a democratically adopted constitution, a copy of which shall be deposited with
the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, and which shall provide for
the determination of policy by a congress or other representative body, and for an
executive organ responsible to the policy-making body.
- The organization shall have a representative structure.
- The basic resources of the organization shall be derived in the main part from
contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.
Where voluntary contributions have been received, their amounts and donors shall be
faithfully revealed to the Committee on Civil Society Participation. Where, however, the
above criterion is not fulfilled and an organization is financed from other sources, it
must explain to the satisfaction of the Committee its reasons for not meeting the
requirements laid down in this paragraph. Any financial contribution or other support,
direct or indirect, from a Government to the organization shall be openly declared to the
Committee through the Secretary-General and fully recorded in the financial and other
records of the organization and shall be devoted to purposes in accordance with the aims
of the OAS.
- The granting, suspension, and withdrawal of accredited status, as well as the
interpretation of rules and decisions relating to this matter, are the prerogative of
member States exercised through the Permanent Council and its Committee. A civil society
organization applying for accredited status shall have the opportunity to respond to any
objections being raised in the Committee on Civil Society Participation before the
Committee takes its decisions.
- In recognizing the evolving relationship between the Organization of American States and
civil society organizations, the Permanent Council will consider reviewing these
arrangements as and when necessary to facilitate, in the most effective manner possible,
the contributions of civil society organizations to the work of the Organization of
- The arrangements for accreditation shall not accord civil society organizations the same
rights of participation as are accorded to member states, permanent observers, and
entities and organs of the inter-American system.
- Arrangements should not be such as to overburden the intergovernmental organs of the OAS
or transform them from policy-making and action-oriented bodies, into a general forum for
- Decisions on accreditation should be guided by the principle that accreditation is
granted, on the one hand, to enable the Council or one of its bodies to secure authorized
information or advice from organizations having special competence in the subjects for
which consultative arrangements are made, and, on the other hand, to enable international,
regional, subregional, and national organizations that represent important elements of
public opinion to express the views of their members. Therefore, arrangements for
accreditation of a particular organization should relate to fields in which that
organization has special competence or interest.
Permanent Council Committee on Civil Society Participation
- The Permanent Council shall establish a Committee on Civil Society Participation
comprised of all member states of the OAS.
- The functions of the Committee shall include the following:
- The Committee shall be responsible for regular monitoring of the evolving relationship
between civil society organizations and the Organization of American States and for
recommending, if requested, amendments to these arrangements;
- The Committee shall consider applications for accredited status by civil society
organizations, and shall make recommendations thereon to the Council;
- Organizations with accredited status shall submit to the Committee, through the
Secretary General, every year, a brief report on their activities, specifically as regards
the support they have given to the work of the OAS. On the basis of its findings upon
examination of the report, the Committee may recommend to the Permanent Council such
changes in the status of the organization concerned as it deems appropriate. However,
under exceptional circumstances, the Committee may ask for such a report from an
individual organization with accredited status, between the regular reporting dates;
- The Committee shall consider matters concerning civil society organizations that may be
referred to it by the Permanent Council;
- The Committee shall examine funding issues related to participation by civil society
organizations in the Organization of American States;
Procedure for obtaining accredited status
- A civil society organization interested in obtaining consultative/accredited status
shall submit a request in writing to the Secretary-General, who shall refer such requests
to the Civil Society Committee, through the Permanent Council. The request should:
- State the organizations reasons for requesting accreditation;
- State the areas of interest of the OAS in which it expects to participate;
- Attest to the fact that the organization has been in existence for at least two years;
- Include the following documents:
- Charter or Constitution;
- A list of member organizations or affiliates, if any;
- The most recent annual report or equivalent document;
- An institutional mission statement;
- Financial statement, including sources of public- and private-sector funding;
- A statement of how the organizations primary activities substantially relate to
and support the purposes and principles of the OAS
- The Permanent Council shall rule on requests for accreditation, according to
recommendations made by the Committee on Civil Society Participation.
Suspension and withdrawal of accredited status
- Upon periodic examination of the participation of civil society organizations at the
OAS, based on reports submitted in accordance with Article 16.C and on other pertinent
information, the Committee on Civil Society Participation shall have the authority to
recommend to the Permanent Council the suspension or withdrawal of accreditation of any
organization that is shown to have:
- Engaged in acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the OAS;
- Engaged in activities which are criminal or fraudulent in nature;
- Failed to make a positive or effective contribution to the work of the Organization, as
reflected in the reports submitted pursuant to paragraph 16.C; or
- Stopped submitting reports.
- The Permanent Council may suspend accreditation, on the recommendation of the Committee
on Civil Society Participation. Such suspension shall be for a time specified by the
Permanent Council, but in no case shall be for a period greater than three years.
An organization whose accreditation has been suspended may apply to the Permanent Council,
through the Committee, for reinstatement following the expiration of the period of
- The Permanent Council may also withdraw accreditation from any organization. An
organization whose accreditation has been withdrawn may request reinstatement from the
Permanent Council three years after the date of the withdrawal.
- The Secretary General shall inform the accredited organization in writing prior to any
decision being made to suspend or withdraw accreditation, and provide a reasonable
opportunity for the organization to submit comments.
Attendance and participation of civil society organizations in
- The Secretariat shall make available in a timely manner to accredited organizations
information concerning the schedule of open meetings, primarily through the
- The provisional agenda of the Permanent Council, of CIDI, and of its subsidiary bodies
shall be communicated to accredited organizations in a timely manner.
- [OAS meetings governed by the Rules of the Procedure of the Permanent Council are public
unless otherwise declared closed by the Chairman, in accordance with Article 39 of those
Rules of Procedure.]
- [Organizations with consultative/accredited status may designate authorized
representatives to sit as observers at public meetings of the Permanent Council, of CIDI,
and of its subsidiary bodies.]
- Written statements relevant to the work of the Permanent Council and of CIDI may be
submitted by accredited organizations on subjects in its agenda which these organizations
have a special competence. Such statements shall be circulated by the Secretary General to
- Accredited organizations may submit written statements to the OAS on matters related to
the purposes and principles of the Organization. These statements shall be addressed to
the Secretary General. The Secretariat shall distribute written statements from accredited
organizations in their entirety, and in the original language to the member states, as
long as such statements do not exceed 2,000 words. Statements in excess of 2,000 words
shall not be distributed automatically to the member states. Such statements should,
however, be accompanied by a summary, which the Secretariat shall distribute. Any member
state may request that the Secretariat distribute in their entirety statements in excess
of 2,000 words to all member states.
- In the case of meetings of expert groups and working groups of the Permanent Council or
of CIDI, accredited organizations which have a special competence in the issue under
discussion are entitled to receive relevant documentation in advance and to make an
introductory statement of an expository nature (which can be circulated in advance to
Member States in accordance with paragraph 28, subject to the approval of the meeting.
Subject to such approval, a concluding statement at the end of consideration of the issue
may also be made. Accredited organizations may not participate in the course of debate and
negotiation among Member States.
- In the case of meetings of the Committees of the Permanent Council or of CIDI,
accredited organizations may, with the approval of the relevant Committee, circulate
written statements in advance and make an introductory statement during the initial
discussion of an agenda item, under the same conditions as described in paragraph 29. This
privilege will not apply during consideration of draft resolutions or decisions.
- [Once an accredited organization has made a presentation at the working group/expert
group level or in a committee of the Permanent Council on particular issue, it may not do
so again during consideration of that issue by the Permanent Council.
Nevertheless, an accredited organization, with the permission of the
Chair of the Permanent Council and in consultation with the member states, may make a
presentation to the Permanent Council regarding an issue on which it has already made a
presentation at the expert group, working group, or committee level.]
Responsibilities of the Secretariat
- The Secretary General shall be authorized , within the means at his disposal, to offer
civil society organizations in consultative/accredited relationship facilities that
- Prompt and efficient distribution of such documents as shall in the judgement of the
Secretary General be appropriate;
- Access to the press documentation services provided by the Secretariats Office of
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- The Secretary General is requested to comply with the requests contained in CP/RES. 704
(1129/97), "Status of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the OAS."
- The Secretary General is requested to disseminate this document widely,
through proper channels, to facilitate the involvement of civil society organizations from
all member states of the Organization of American States.