The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Fernando Carrera, today signed the agreement according to which the Central American country will host the Special General Assembly on drugs on September 19.
The meeting was convened by the Permanent Council of the OAS in March following the directions of the General Assembly of the Organization held in Antigua, Guatemala in 2012. The objective of the meeting will be to comply with the dispositions of the “Declaration of Antigua Guatemala “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas.”
Secretary General Insulza highlighted that the special Assembly comes with “a great deal of expectation within an important process,” which included the production by the OAS under his supervision of the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas (Analytical Report and Scenarios Report) and the Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala which “was very important.”
“There is a great deal of expectation on the subject, and now is a good time to strengthen the process, and to reach concrete agreements,” said the OAS leader, who recalled that the meeting in the Central American country will be held just days before the General Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which will allow the countries of the region to report in New York on the agreements adopted in the Hemisphere on this scourge that affects the entire planet.
Foreign Minister Carrera, for his part, expressed his gratitude for “the trust that the OAS has once again placed in Guatemala,” and that his country assumes the task “with emotion and responsibility, not only organizational and logistical, but above all political.”
The Guatemalan Minister said he approaches the meeting “with a spirit of finding agreements on specific solutions that allow us to orient drug policies in the Hemisphere over the coming years.”
The signing, which was also attended by the Guatemalan Deputy Minister Carlos Raúl Morales, took place at the headquarters of the OAS in the framework of the 28th Meeting of Consultation of Foreign Ministers of the multilateral institution, which considered the issue “Sovereign Debt Restructuring: The Case of Argentina and Its Systemic Consequences.”
A gallery of photos of the event will be available here.
The B-Roll of the event will be available here.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.