43rd OAS General Assembly: Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas
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10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors - May 9-10, 2013 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
We would like to invite you to participate in the 10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors and the Special Session with Civil Society and Social Actors of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) that will take place on May 9-10, 2013 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Attached you will find the program, agenda and the information bulletin of the Forum.
The objective of the Forum is to stimulate discussion and the exchange of ideas among the participants and propose recommendations to OAS Member States based on the theme of the XLIII General Assembly "Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas". It will also offer participants an opportunity to dialogue with technical experts and to prepare an official document of recommendations, which will be presented the following day by the participants to the OAS Member States during a session of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) of the Permanent Council.
The Forum is open to all interested civil society organizations (CSO) and social actors. All participants should complete the online registration form to confirm their attendance.
With the goal of facilitating increased civil society participation and assuring a balanced thematic and geographic representation, the OAS Department of International Affairs (DIA) will offer financial support to a limited number of representatives including the cost of a round-trip, economy class flight from the city of origin to Washington, D.C. and/or hotel expenses. The CSO and social actor representatives that wish to apply for financial assistance must complete the online registration form no later than Monday, April 29, 2013 at 5:30pm to be considered. Registration for those participants not requiring financial support will remain open until the day of the event.
As selection criteria, this Department will consider the requests for participation from interested CSO and social actors based on the following:
1. Equitable gender and geographic representation;
2. Relevant experience and background in the subject areas in question;
3. Member of regional, subregional, and national networks; and
4. Participation in the Virtual Forum "Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas", held through the Summits Virtual Community (SVC).
About the Forum
During the VI Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in 2012, the Heads of State and Government of the Americas urged the OAS to develop a report to analyze the results of drug policies in the Americas and to explore new approaches to strengthen these efforts.
On February 25, 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Ambassador Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, presented to the OAS Permanent Council the topic "Alternative Strategies for Combating Drugs" as his country’s proposal for the central theme of the XLIII General Assembly that will take place on June 4-6, 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala.
Subsequently, on April 10, 2013, Minister Carrera Castro submitted to the OAS Permanent Council the Draft Declaration of Antigua Guatemala "Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drugs Policy in the Americas." During his presentation, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister stated that any adequate response to this problem must start from a perspective of "respect for human rights and human dignity," which takes "a comprehensive view of the drug problem," and in which countries not only struggle for security but also see the problem as one of "human health and public health."
The main topic of the XLIII General Assembly includes as subthemes, among others, the strengthening of health systems for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse; the reduction of violence and crime related to narcotics; how to reduce arms trafficking and money laundering; and the option of legalizing for medical purposes some illicit crops important for local populations.
Taking this into account, this Virtual Forum proposes several questions to give participants an opportunity to exchange their ideas and experiences, as well as to develop recommendations for OAS Member States regarding the topic of the XLIII General Assembly as outlined in the draft Declaration “Toward a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas.”
The Forum will be moderated by experts of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), who will guide these online discussions and respond accordingly. In addition, we invite you to review the reference documents that have been compiled as support to this Forum and to share your own documents for other participants’ consideration.
Thank you for your participation!
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