The Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Blackwell, today concluded the 53rd Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) with a call for participants to seize the opportunity provided by the newly delivered Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas and "contribute to the debate and discussion" on the subject.
The CICAD meeting focused on analyzing the Report prepared by the hemispheric organization, which was presented to the OAS Permanent Council on Monday.
Ambassador Blackwell asked participants at the meeting and in general the governments of the hemisphere to make an effort to ensure that the Report forums the basis for a discussion of ideas that concludes with a definition of policies that are truly effective in addressing the problem. The Secretary for Multidimensional Security urged those present "to read the report and provide comments and suggestions. We are always open to contributions to ensure that this Report adds to the debate and discussion." The drug problem in the region "is a very human issue," said Blackwell, who drew attention to the fact that the next opportunity for discussion will be at the upcoming OAS General Assembly to be held in Antigua Guatemala, from June 4 to 6.
The Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas was delivered, by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos on Friday, May 17, 2013. The document is composed of two parts: the Analytical Report, which explains the reasons that lead society to worry about drug consumption and to try to control its effects on human health and the Scenarios Report, an examination of the paths that the phenomenon could take in the coming years in the region.
For his part, the CICAD Chair and Minister of Public Security of Costa Rica, Mario Zamora Cordero, closed the session by stating that "more judges, more prosecutors and more police will mean more people arrested but not fewer crimes committed. In this Report we have the key to how to address the issue of violence associated with drug use."
On the closing day of the 53rd Session, participants approved the draft CICAD Annual Report for 2012, and it was agreed that the next session will take place from December 10 to 12 in Bogota, Colombia.
A gallery of photos of the event is available here.
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