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OAS and CARICOM to Hold Meeting with Caribbean Universities on the Drug Phenomenon

  March 1, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), and with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will inaugurate this Wednesday, March 2nd, at 8:30 local time (13:30 GMT) in Kingston, Jamaica, the “CICAD-CARICOM Regional Meeting with Caribbean Universities on the Drug Phenomenon.”

Leaders from eight Caribbean universities, accompanied by representatives from governments and international organizations, will discuss how to prepare their graduates to tackle the social, economic and criminal consequences of the drug problem in the Caribbean, especially in the demand reduction field. Furthermore, experts from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Caribbean countries will share their knowledge with students from 12 countries of the region.

The meeting seeks to elaborate a proposal to raise the role of universities in the Caribbean in preparing their professionals to deal with the complexities of drug issues in their fields, as well as analyze how to coordinate work across the region through a collaborative arrangement with the OAS and CARICOM.

The University of the West Indies and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) of Jamaica will host the event, to conclude Friday the 4th in the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The program is funded by the governments of the Untied States and Canada, and the European Community.

For more information about the event, please contact María Juliana Luján mlujan@oas.org.


WHAT: “CICAD-CARICOM Regional Meeting with Caribbean Universities on the Drug Problem”

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2nd, at 8:30 local time (13:30 GMT)

WHERE: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston, Jamaica.

Reference: AVI-034/11