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Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

Date:  11/10/2015 
Initiative: The Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (PROCCER)
PROCCER is a model that provides for inter-agency, inter-institutional, and interdisciplinary organization at the national and regional levels, such that it can offer training and certification in the therapeutic intervention fields of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for drug dependence and drug-associated violence as well as in aspects of program organization and operation.
The components of the PROCCER Model may be adapted and tailored to meet the needs of the specific member state or region in accordance with needs and capacity. The objective of PROCCER model implementation is to develop and strengthen the national and regional institutional and service provider capacities in intervention strategies. The increased capacity is intended to enhance the quality and efficacy of drug use and violence prevention programs, as well as programs for treating and rehabilitating drug dependency or violent criminal behaviors.

Activities: PROCCER is presently working in coordination with 23 national drug commissions of member states, 14 universities, and over 3,804 NGOS and members of civil society; and trained more than 2,300 prevention and treatment service providers from governmental and non-governmental agencies.

- PROCCER: Training of treatment service providers in Mexico, Central America- 6, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities (FLACT)-19, including Brazil through the Brazilian Federation of Therapeutic Communities (FEBRACT)
- PROCCER: Training of prevention practitioners and treatment service providers in the Caribbean- 13
- PROCCER: National-level certification of treatment service providers in Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica
- PROCCER: Regional-level certification of prevention specialists and treatment service providers in the Caribbean
- Training in the Specialized Adolescent Treatment Training for treatment service providers working with high-risk adolescents in the Caribbean region and on a global level
-Training in the Universal Prevention Curriculum and Universal Treatment Curriculum on a hemispheric level


Beneficiaries: 23 Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago
Of the 23 Member States: the national drug commissions and ministries of health, GO, NGO, and civil society that offer prevention and treatment services, and citizens of member states who suffer from the disease of addiction and violence associated with drugs

Partnership and financing: US Department of State: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)

Government of Canada: Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP)

In-kind contributions from OAS Member States implementing PROCCER
Paragraphs: - Paragraphs VII Summit: 1

Date:  11/10/2015 
Information available in spanish
Paragraphs: - Paragraphs VII Summit: 1

Date:  11/10/2015 
Information available in spanish
Paragraphs: - Paragraphs VII Summit: 1

Date:  10/5/2015 
Civil Society Participation in the Framework of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC)

MESICIC is recognized as an international example of openness toward Civil Society (see:

The importance of civil society participation in the MESICIC is outlined in the Report of Buenos Aires, the grounding document of the Mechanism, which states that “In order to obtain better input for its review, the Committee shall include in the provisions governing its operation an appropriate role for civil society organizations, taking into account the “Guidelines for the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities” [CP/RES. 759 (1217/99)] and the definition of civil society contained in AG/RES. 1661 (XXIX-O/99), in keeping with the domestic legislation of the State Party under review.”

To that end, Chapter V of the Rules of Procedure and Other Provisions of the Committee of Experts of MESICIC defines the participation of civil society organizations within the activities of the Committee of Experts.

One of these activities is the presentation of a "Shadow Report", that is, a document with specific and direct information related to the questions that are referred to in the questionnaire with respect to the implementation, by a State Party under review, of the provisions selected for review within the framework of a round and to the follow-up of recommendations formulated previously. Civil Society Organization cab present these documents within the same time period given to the State Party in responding to the MESICIC questionnaire.

In addition, Civil society organizations and/or, inter alia, private sector organizations, professional associations, academics, or researchers are invited to participate in a meeting during the Mechanism's on-site visit to the country.

- Participation of several Civil Society Organizations and/or, inter alia, private sector organizations, professional associations, academics, or researchers are invited to participate during the MESICIC On-site visits to Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia, carried out between September and October 2015.

For instance, during the on-site visit to Peru, the participation of OSCs included the following: Anti-Corruption Working Group (GTCC), the Peruvian Press Council (Consejo de la Prensa Peruana), the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDEHPUCP), Centro Liber, the National Confederation of Private Business Organizations (CONFIEP), the National Society of Industries and the Chamber of Commerce of Lima.

- In September 2015, the MESICIC Technical Secretariat and the Department of International Affairs of the Secretariat for External Relations distributed among OSCs registered from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago (countries that compose the Second Group of States to be reviewed for the Fifth Round), their respective Country Questionnaire Regarding Follow-Up of the Implementation of the Recommendations Formulated and the Provisions Reviewed in the Second Round, and on the Convention Provisions Selected for the Fifth Round.

The aforementioned countries and Registered OSCs have until December 9, 2015 to submit their respective responses to the Questionnaire.


(Registered) Civil Society Organizations of the 31 Member States of MESICIC (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela).
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