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  November 14, 2003

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), a specialized agency of the Washington-headquartered Organization of American States (OAS), will hold its 34th regular session in Montreal, Canada, next week.

Canadian Solicitor General Wayne Easter, CICAD Chairman Rafael Macedo de la Concha, who is Mexico’s Attorney General, and OAS Assistant Secretary General Luigi R. Einaudi are among those scheduled to address the inaugural session, which is open to the press. A news conference will be held at the end of the session, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20.

During four days of deliberations, CICAD will examine such issues as cross-border cooperation initiatives, money laundering, community policing, the formation of a Scientific Advisory Committee, and links between CICAD and the Summit of the Americas process.

It will also hear a report on how countries are implementing recommendations from the second evaluation round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM). The MEM is a tool that uses a set of indicators to measure progress against drugs in the 34 CICAD member countries and the hemisphere as a whole. The session will also consider proposed new MEM indicators on transnational organized crime.

WHAT: Opening, CICAD’s 34th Regular Session

WHEN: Monday, November 17
9 to 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1228 Sherbrooke St., West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Reference: AVI-067/03