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CICAD of the OAS Concludes 57th Regular Session

  May 1, 2015

With the participation of experts and representatives of member and observer states of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission today concluded its 57th Regular Session, held since April 29th at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

During the closing of the event, the Chair of CICAD and Minister of the Interior of Guatemala, Héctor López, applauded the fact that in consideration of the new hemispheric Plan of Action 2016-2020, the discussion has opened to issues such as the incorporation of a public health approach in drug policies and the need to emphasize issues such as social integration, alternatives to incarceration, the prevention and reduction of social problems and violence associated with this issue.

Minister López said “all of our actions during our time as Chair of CICAD have been inspired by the desire to develop and promote a change of paradigm in our region, a change demanded by the new challenges and realities of the problem of drugs; demanded by the need to achieve better results, through new strategies; demanded by the need to put the human being at the center of drug policies and make these policies comprehensive, balanced, effective and respectful of human rights.”

For his part, the Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Adam Blackwell, highlighted the value of the multidimensional platform of the Organization for working on various issues, including the global drug problem in the Americas. “The Sixth Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism is becoming a global model of how these inter-pares mechanisms work, and this is another thing that we should be proud of,” he said.

Secretary Blackwell also emphasized the importance of the work of CICAD with civil society, an area in which he said the Commission has been in the vanguard. In that sense, he expressed his support for involving the private sector in the discussions, “certainly as we try to find employment and technical training for youth at risk.”

During the 57th Regular Session of CICAD, the Report on Evaluation of Drug Policies in the Countries of the Hemisphere, and the 2013-2014 Report of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) were presented, and negotiations on the New Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs 2016 – 2020 began.

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Reference: E-162/15