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CICAD: Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)

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CICAD: Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)

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CICAD: Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)

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CICAD: Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)

Activities

 

Presentation of the MEM Evaluation Report on Drug Control for Jamaica and Prison Survey Results on the Relationship between Drugs and Crime in Jamaica - March 2015

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), serving as the hemispheric policy forum on the multifaceted aspects of the drug problem "“ carried out a mission to Kingston, Jamaica. The Executive Secretariat (ES) of CICAD along with the OAS Office in Jamaica held meetings with government officials on March 3-5, 2015.

The ES/CICAD mission comprised Ms. Angela Crowdy, Assistant Executive Secretary, Mr. Pernell Clarke, Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID) Specialist, Ms. Karen Sanjines, Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) Specialist, Ms. Tiffany Barry (OID) and was joined in-country by Ms. Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel, OAS Representative to Jamaica.

The MEM Sixth Evaluation Report on Drug Control for Jamaica was presented to the Ministry of National Security, the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as, to the Canadian High Commission and the U.S. Embassy. Both the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States have been consistent donors to the MEM.

The MEM Sixth Evaluation Reports capture the status of compliance of the OAS member states, in fulfilling the Plan of Action 2011-2015 of the 2010 CICAD Hemispheric Drug Strategy. Since its inception in 1998, through a mandate of the Second Summit of the Americas, the MEM is a platform for the 34 member states to collaboratively and impartially evaluate drug control policies in the Hemisphere. The MEM helps identify the strengths and weaknesses in each member state, encouraging national dialogue and awareness among stakeholders of the drug problem and national drug control policy.

During the mission, the NCDA presented the preliminary results of a recently concluded survey focusing on the relationship between drugs and crime in Jamaica. This survey was conducted with assistance from CICAD and with support from the Government of Canada. Stakeholders and policy makers at the launch had an opportunity to review the key findings from the study and to discuss the policy implications arising from this study. Those present also had the opportunity to provide feedback on the study in anticipation of its final publication and full dissemination in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the OID team held a working meeting with representatives from drug and alcohol treatment centers in Jamaica to discuss a recently developed information system for treatment providers. This standardized data collection system was first piloted in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago during the period 2012-2013 and is now ready for full implementation in Jamaica. The goal of this system is to improve the availability and quality of data collected on persons seeking treatment throughout the region; to guide policy discussions on how to address the needs of this specific segment of the population; and to add critical evidence to regional discussions about the development of policies to address the drug phenomenon.


updated on 3/19/2015 12:05:17 PM