Organization of American States with new counter-narcotics strategy.
Secretary Gral of OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza
The Washington D.C.-based Organization of American States have agreed to adopt a new hemispheric strategy that will call on member states to conduct more periodic and independent evaluations of counter-narcotics efforts.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza called on member countries a year ago to reevaluate and reshape the Anti-Drug strategy in the hemisphere.
“The adoption of the new Hemispheric Drug Strategy is the culmination of one year of collective work,” Insulza said in a statement. He added that the revised strategy constitutes “a gratifying event for me and probably so for the member countries of the OAS, because they can see that their efforts to confront face to face one of the great problems of our continent are not sterile but capable of results such as this.”
The agreement – called the Hemispheric Strategy for Drugs – includes recognizing drug addiction as a chronic illness and proposes a greater emphasis on treatment. Member states will also be required to strengthen national counter-narcotics organizations and boost their support for hemispheric strategies.
The strategy calls on member states to consider the impact of poverty and marginalization, gender, and promote open debate on drug-related topics with civil society. The agreement also reportedly places a greater emphasis on human rights. READ MORE HERE.