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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, will deliver
to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, the "Report on the
Drug Problem in the Americas," prepared by the hemispheric institution
during the last year following the mandate of the Summit of the Americas
held in April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia.
Secretary General Insulza will send the document to the leaders of the
other 33 OAS Member States, through their Permanent Representatives.
On Monday, Insulza will publicly present the document in a ceremony at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.
document, of approximately 400 pages, was produced by several OAS
working teams, in collaboration with all the Member States and with the
support of numerous experts from around the world, working under the
direction of Secretary General Insulza. Divided into two parts, the
Report has a first chapter called the "Analytical Report," which defines
the problem, explains how its analysis was carried out and examines the
reasons behind the various policies implemented by governments around
the world over the decades to combat drug use. The second chapter,
called the "Report on Scenarios," presents four possible scenarios that
could develop in the Americas from the present to 2025, depending on the
future choices made by the governments of the hemisphere.
General Insulza will be in Colombia accompanied by the Secretary for
Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell, and the Executive Secretary
of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Paul
Starting with the presentation of the Report commissioned
by the Presidents of the Americas, the OAS hopes to spark a high level
political dialogue, whose first stage will be the meeting of the
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the hemisphere during the 43rd OAS
General Assembly, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala, from
June 4 to 6.
For this summit meeting of the organization, the host government chose
as the central theme of the discussions "Toward a Comprehensive
Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas."
The study had a cost of $2.25
million and was funded by contributions from the governments of Brazil,
Colombia, Chile, the United States, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and
Tobago, Uruguay and Turkey, as well as the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and several
privately funded foundations.
The delivery of the Report will be broadcast live via webcast. The link will be available on the OAS website.
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