Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

Resolution of the OAS General Assembly


Hemispheric Drug Strategy and Preparation of Its Plan of Action

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, held on June 8, 2010) 


REITERATING the importance of having up-to-date strategies and mechanisms that facilitate hemispheric cooperation to address all aspects of the world drug problem;

RECALLING that the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) adopted the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere in 1996, and that in 1998, it developed a Plan of Action for its implementation;

HAVING SEEN resolution AG/RES. 2499 (XXXIX-O/09), "New Challenges for the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission: Process to Review and Update the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and Its Plan of Action;"

CONSIDERING that at its forty-fifth regular session, CICAD began the process of reviewing and updating the hemispheric instruments that guide the collective effort against the problem of drugs, especially the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action;

CONSIDERING ALSO that the Government of Brazil coordinated the process whereby the High-Level Working Group agreed on a proposed Hemispheric Drug Strategy; and

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that during its forty-seventh regular session, CICAD approved the proposed Hemispheric Drug Strategy, and gave Mexico the task of coordinating a Plan of Action,


  1. To endorse the Hemispheric Drug Strategy, which is a part of this resolution and was approved by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at its forty-seventh regular session and to urge the member states to implement that strategy.1
  2. To thank the Government of Brazil in its capacity as coordinator of the process, as well as the participating experts, for their efforts.
  3. To invite all member states to continue to contribute and participate in the drafting of the Plan of Action in the framework of CICAD.
  4. To instruct the General Secretariat, through its pertinent organs and, in particular, the Executive Secretariat of CICAD, to provide technical and administrative support to the process of preparing the Plan of Action.
  5. That the implementation of the activities envisaged in this resolution shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.
  6. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-first regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

1 "The Government of Nicaragua reiterates its commitment to continue combating drug trafficking and its related offenses. To that end, its efforts to fight transnational organized crime are ongoing. Although Nicaragua supports the lines of action established in the document 'Hemispheric Drug Strategy,' it does not agree with the imperative language used in the chapeaux at the beginning of each thematic area, considering that it contradicts the principle of respect for the sovereignty of states. The Government of Nicaragua appreciates that this Strategy may serve as input for states, if they so deem advisable. However, each state has the jurisdiction and authority to define its own public policy and strategies, and to develop the corresponding action plans. In that spirit, international cooperation is appropriate in combating the drug scourge."

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