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AG/RES. 1961 (XXXIII-O/03)


(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003) 



            Resolution CD/RES. 19 (78-R/03) of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Children’s Institute, regarding the convocation of the Nineteenth Pan American Child Congress, the principal subject of which is “The Family,” since it is the basis for the integral development of children and adolescents; and 

            The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, which considers “the family[,] as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members”; and 


            That Article 23 of the Statutes of the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IACI) provides that the Pan American Child Congresses may have the status of inter-American specialized conferences when they deal with special technical matters or develop certain aspects of inter-American cooperation and they are held as the result of a resolution of the General Assembly or of the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs; 

That the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family is to be celebrated in 2004; and 

            That the Government of Mexico has offered to host the Pan American Child Congress in 2004, 


1.                   To declare the Nineteenth Pan American Child Congress an inter-American specialized conference. 

2.                   To thank the Government of Mexico for hosting the Nineteenth Pan American Child Congress in September 2004. 

3.                   To urge the member states to provide the necessary financial support to the Inter-American Children’s Institute as a specialized organization of the OAS, enabling it to properly fulfill the technical tasks that will be required of it in the various phases of the Congress.

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