About the Working Group


On May 2, 2012, the Permanent Council adopted document CP/doc.4687/12 rev. 3, which contained a procedure and schedule of activities for consideration of the proposal made by the Secretary General in the document “A Strategic Vision of the OAS,” CP/doc.4673/11. The Council instructed the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) to finalize the pilot scheme for screening all the mandates arising from the General Assemblies, including all those produced over the past five years, with a view to consolidating all the current mandates.

The Permanent Council also decided that it would consider future mandates as part of its work and that, once it had received the consolidated mandates document prepared by the CAAP, it would convey it to its permanent committees and to the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), for each body to draw up a proposal for prioritizing the mandates for which it was responsible.
The CAAP’s report on the pilot mandate screening plan, document CP/CAAP-3175/12 add. 1, included 465 mandates assigned to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) that were sent to the Committee for it to prepare a prioritization proposal.

On September 27, 2012, the CAJP set up the Informal Working Group to Review the Mandates of the CAJP. The Group analyzed the mandates from the period 2007 to 2012 and separated them into the following categories: fulfilled, duplicates, non-mandates, procedural, superseded, and current. On April 18, 2013, the CAJP received the report on the activities of the Informal Working Group to Review the Mandates of the CAJP, document CP/CAJP-3142/13, with the relevant conclusions and recommendations. On May 22, 2013, the Permanent Council approved the exercise carried out by the Working Group, agreed that the inventory of mandates would be used to set their priorities and determine subsequent updates, and approved their classification by topic (see meeting summary CP/SA.1920/13).

On October 17, 2013, the Permanent Council decided that “using the procedures proposed by the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP), which included classifying mandates into three categories (A, B, and C), amounts to an additional ordering or classification of those mandates, which would serve as input for a subsequent prioritization exercise” (see meeting summary CP/SA.1942/13).

On October 25, 2013, the CAJP set up the Informal Working Group to Classify the Mandates of the CAJP and unanimously elected Minister Counselor Mayerlyn Cordero Díaz, Alternate Representative of the Dominican Republic to the OAS, to serve as its Chair.
To classify the CAJP’s mandates, the Working Group adopted the criteria set out in the joint letter issued by the Chairs of the Permanent Council and of the CAAP on September 26, 2013, containing the methodology presented by the CAAP.

Information extracted from CP/CAJP 3215/14

Secretary of the Working Group

Currently the Secretary of this Working Group is Leonardo Rojas (link-perfil)