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AG/RES. 1742 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
Original: Spanish 

RESOLUTION

INTERNATIONAL ABDUCTION OF MINORS BY ONE OF THEIR PARENTS

(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN:

Resolution AG/RES. 1691 (XXIX-O/99), "International Abduction of Minors by One of Their Parents"; and

Resolution CD/RES. 06 (74-R/99), "Strengthening Inter-American Cooperation to Avoid the International Abduction of Children by One of Their Parents," adopted at the 74th regular meeting of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN), in September 1999; and

CONSIDERING:

That resolution AG/RES. 1667 (XXIX-O/99) recognized that it is absolutely essential that children’s issues be given priority consideration in the organs, agencies, and entities of the inter-American system and at the Third Summit of the Americas; and

That, through resolution CD/RES. 05 (74-R/99), adopted at the 74th regular meeting of the Directing Council of the IIN, it was decided to establish an Inter-American Preparatory Committee on Children’s Issues for the 2001 Summit of the Americas, in which other inter-American agencies will be asked to participate, on the basis of their areas of expertise;

RECOGNIZING:

That respect for the rights of minors is vital to their integral development and well-being; and

That cooperation efforts in the Hemisphere aimed at preventing the international abduction of minors by one of their parents must be bolstered and improved; and

BEARING IN MIND:

That resolution AG/RES. 1691 (XXIX-O/99) requested the Inter-American Juridical Committee to issue an opinion, pursuant to resolution CD/RES. 10 (73-R/98) of the IIN Directing Council; and

The importance of having the opinion of the Inter-American Juridical Committee for addressing the issue of the international abduction of minors by one of their parents,

RESOLVES:

1. To urge the organs, agencies, and entities of the inter-American system, when they discuss child-related issues, to include consideration of the international abduction of minors by one of their parents.

2. To instruct the Inter-American Preparatory Committee on Children’s Issues for the 2001 Summit of the Americas to include in its work the issue of the international abduction of minors by one of their parents.

3. To reiterate its request to the Inter-American Juridical Committee for the opinion requested of it in resolution AG/RES. 1691 (XXIX-O/99).

4. To urge the member states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, or accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which is dated October 25, 1980.

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