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CICAD Opens 64th Regular Period of Sessions to Debate Drug Challenges facing the Region

  November 19, 2018

CICAD Opens 64th Regular Period of Sessions to Debate Drug Challenges facing the Region
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The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today opened its 64th period of sessions to debate the main challenges in terms of drug policies facing the region.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, said respect for human rights is essential in formulating drug policies, because it “forces us to see the problem of drugs from the individual´s point of view, with a public health perspective, a gender perspective and mindful of opportunities for collaboration between States.”

For her part the head of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Farah Urrutia, said the fight against corruption is a key factor in addressing drug trafficking. “Fighting corruption must be a part of any strategy that seeks to successfully eradicate insecurity and the problem of drugs,” she said.

The Coordinator of International Affairs of the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico and outgoing Chair of CICAD, Guillermo Fonseca, highlighted that during 2018 a regional consensus was reached “on the importance of having better and more scientific evidence particularly beginning with updated and disaggregated indicators and statistical data that allow us to make more assertive drug policies that can be evaluated in the medium term.”

The Executive Secretary of CICAD, Adam Namm, said that since assuming the post he has visited 12 member states, where he discussed national drug policies with authorities and civil society representatives. Ambassador Namm added that in 2019 CICAD will present a report on the current state of drug use in the Americas.

The 64th period of sessions of CICAD is taking place at OAS headquarters until Wednesday, November 21.

Reference: FNE-95390