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OAS to Analyze Hemispheric Progress against Transnational Organized Crime within the Framework of MISPA

  November 14, 2011

Representatives of the Member Countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) will meet Wednesday, November 16, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to analyze hemispheric progress against organized crime and the status of ratifications of the UN Convention on this subject ("Palermo Convention") and its Protocols. The meeting will be held within the framework of the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III), which will take place in Port of Spain on November 17 and 18.

The Third Meeting of the Technical Group on Transnational Organized Crime of the OAS will focus its discussions on taking this threat from a multidimensional perspective and promote the full implementation of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against such crimes. In addition, its objectives include discussion of the document “Components of the Work Program of the Technical Group on Transnational Organized Crime." Similarly, members of the Technical Group will analyze actions taken both by the General Secretariat and the OAS Member States to implement the Hemispheric Plan of Action, and will propose to the countries cooperative efforts to fight it.

The forum will be attended by Marc Gorelick, Advisor for Border Security and Cross Border Crime of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the US Department of State; Antonio L. Mazzitelli, Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; and Judge Marco Alma, Advisor to the Italian Foreign Ministry on transnational organized crime.

The Hemispheric Plan of Action was adopted by the OAS Permanent Council in October 2006 and establishes a series of actions to improve cooperation and coordination in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and judicial decisions related to this scourge, and the strengthening of national, sub-regional and regional capacities of the OAS Member States.

WHAT: Third Meeting of the Technical Group on Transnational Organized Crime of the OAS

WHEN: November 16, 2011

WHERE: Regency Ball Room

Hyatt Regency Trinidad

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Reference: AVI-254/11