OAS offers technical assistance
to Brazil on big events planning
By SMS / OAS
Between September 12 -14, 2011, an OAS delegation led by the Secretary for Multidimensional Security (SMS) Adam Blackwell, met with government officials from the Brazilian Federal Government in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Brazil, the OAS team offered technical assistance in all aspects related to security and planning for the upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
“The Brazilian Government considers sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup to be great opportunities to show the country to the world”, said Blackwell during his visit.
On September 12, 2011, the SMS delegation visited Rio de Janeiro and held meetings with former Director of the Brazilian Federal Police and Public Security Agencies Coordinator, and now the Director of the Security Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games, Luis Fernando Correa. Correa stated that “security excellence will be critical in consolidating the new levels of security reached by both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil over the last couple of years”
In Rio de Janeiro, Secretary Blackwell also held meetings with the UN Habitat representative, Erik Vitrupp, the Coordinator of the NGO Viva Rio, Fabiana Gaspar, and the Director of the Center for Public Security Studies and Citizenship (CESEC) Julita Lemgruber. Ambassador Blackwell and Director Lemgruber spoke about the activities undertaken in the favelas by the Pacifier Police Units (UPP). The UUPs were created for the recovery of impoverished areas controlled by narco-traffickers. Today, there are 14 UPPs working in 48 communities. The goal is to create 40 UPPs and to expand the work to 140 communities before the 2014 Olympic Games in Rio. In 2010, Rio recorded the lowest levels of homicides seen in the past 20 years. The city also registered 855 civilian deaths resulting from police interventions, the lowest number since 2001.
“The Brazilian Government wants to use the 2016 Olympic Games to show modernization, geographical wonders, and the charm of the carioca people. They are also hoping to use this opportunity as a platform to present Rio de Janeiro as an example of integration and co-existence, taking advantage of the economic boost Brazil has had over the last couple of years,” said Blackwell.
On September 13 and 14, 2011, the SMS delegation, led by Ambassador Blackwell, traveled to Brasilia where they met with various officials, including the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Luiz Paulo Barreto, and the Deputy Secretary for Security of Big Events, Jose Ricardo Botelho.
Ambassador Blackwell said “the Brazilian Government is interested in working together with the OAS on the management of big events”.
On Tuesday, September 13, the delegation met with the Executive Director of AMERIPOL, Paulos Tarso Teixeira, the representative for the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s UNA-Brazil, Simone Azuaga, and the coordinator for Big Events of the Federal Police, Felipe Tabarez.
“It is important to highlight the importance of Brazilian leadership in all aspects of public security at a federal, state, and local level. Over the last three days we witnessed first hand the professionalism and sense of responsibility instilled in the Brazilian security forces”, concluded Ambassador Blackwell.
Lastly, on Wednesday September 14, the OAS representatives held a number of individual meetings. They met with Regina Miki, the first woman to be in charge of the National Secretary for Public Security (SENASP); with Wilson Roberto Trezza, the Director for the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), with Minister Virginia Toniatti responsible for the General Coordination for the Fight against Transnational Illegal Activity, in the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
The delegation that accompanied Ambassador Blackwell also included the Director for the Department of Public Security, Adriana Mejia; the Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, Paul Simons, and the Coordinator for the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) Pablo Martinez.