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Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the
Organization of American States (OAS) will take a hard look at the
current status of drug trafficking in the Americas and its impact on
regional security at its 51st regular session, to be held in Washington,
DC, May 9-11.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will
deliver the opening remarks of the meeting, informing the commissioners
about the mandate given by the heads of state at the recent Summit of
the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia to prepare a report on the results
of the existing drug policies in the hemisphere and the options for the
Rafael Antonio Bielsa, CICAD Chair and Secretary of
State in the Secretariat for Programming Drug Abuse Control and the
Fight Against Drug Trafficking (SEDRONAR) of Argentina, will preside
over the meeting.
In the inaugural session, the Director of the
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses Periago, and the
OAS Secretary General will sign a new cooperation agreement between the
two organizations to set up a joint, coordinated initiative to assist
member states in making their public health systems more effective and
responsive to the risks of substance abuse, especially at the level of
As a priority concern of the meeting,
representatives from the OAS Member States will discuss issues
concerning drug trafficking and drug use trends, with emphasis on
Central America and the Caribbean. In addition, the commissioners will
receive reports on the increasing use of specific illicit drugs, like
heroin and smokeable cocaine, in some countries.
longer-term actions, the Commission will focus on the importance of
incorporating gender perspectives when defining drug control policy and
measures, the value of evidence-based policies in evaluating the
effectiveness of government programs, and the contribution of civil
society in implementing CICAD’s Hemispheric Drug Strategy and Plan of
Delegations from nearly 30 member states will
participate in the event, as well as guest speakers. OAS Secretary for
Multidimensional Security Adam Blackwell will deliver the closing
remarks on Friday afternoon.
The opening meeting will be open to
be the news media. At the meeting’s conclusion, a news conference will
be held at 14:45 EDT (18:45 GMT) on Friday, May 11.
The meeting’s agenda, schedule and other documents are available on the CICAD website.
WHAT: 51st regular session of CICAD
May 9-11. The inauguration is on Wednesday, May 9 at 9:00 EDT (13:00
GMT), and the news conference is on Friday, May 11 at 14:45 EDT (18:45
WHERE: Padilha Vidal Conference Room
Organization of American States
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
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