OAS Approves New Multilateral Instrument for Assessing Drug Policy in the Region

52nd Regional Session of CICAD

In Costa Rica, Representatives of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) have approved a new tool for assessing drug policy in the region during the fifty-second regular session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

The instrument is based on 27 approved recommendations from the Hemispheric Drug Strategy (2010) and it’s Action Plan 2011-2015. The instrument includes an innovative proposal that suggests a new model for the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM).

During the presentation of the proposal, the General Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) and Chair of CICAD, Mauritius Boraschi (Costa Rica) said, “In the current environment is very important to have strategies and mechanisms that facilitate hemispheric cooperation to address the global drug problem in all its aspects

Additionally, in detailing the set of components that make up this instrument of evaluation, the representative of Mexico, and Assistant General Coordinator of the IWG, Juan Gabriel Morales, said, “The proposal means the re-launching of the MEM, moving to a model of objective assessment, more dynamic and attached to the principles of the CICAD Strategy and Plan of Action.”

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