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OAS Secretary General Meets with Representative of Global Commission on Drug Policy

  September 18, 2014

OAS Secretary General Meets with Representative of Global Commission on Drug Policy
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with Ruth Dreifuss, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, in the context of the forty-sixth special session of the OAS General Assembly, which the hemispheric institution will hold tomorrow in Guatemala.

Secretary General Insulza and the former minister of social affairs and president of Switzerland discussed the central theme of the Assembly session, "Toward a Hemispheric Drug Policy for the Twenty-First Century," noting areas of agreement in the statements of the two organizations.

In particular, Dreifuss praised the OAS Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas prepared under the direction of Secretary General Insulza, which led to discussions in the Hemisphere on the matter over the past year and a half. The two officials also discussed future plans at their respective institutions and potential means of collaboration between them.

Former president Dreifuss was accompanied at the meeting by the Swiss Ambassador to Guatemala, Jürg Benz. Secretary General Insulza was accompanied by the OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñónez.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is an international group of high-level political figures who seek to bring about, at the international level, science-based discussion of effective, humane ways to reduce the damage caused by drugs. Its members include former presidents such as Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, César Gaviria of Colombia, Alexander Kwasniewski of Poland, Ricardo Lagos of Chile, Georgios Papanderou of Greece, Jorge Sampaio of Portugal, and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico.

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Reference: FNE-15841