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

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 4, 2009

Organization of American States
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 4, 2009)


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


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; and

That the United Nations General Assembly convened its Twentieth Special Session on the World Drug Problem in 1998 (UNGASS), at which a Political Declaration and an Action Plan were adopted;


That in 2009 the 52nd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held a high-level segment in order to examine the progress of the commitments, goals, and targets outlined in UNGASS, and adopted a new Political Declaration and Plan of Action on international cooperation for an integral and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem, which updates the commitments and measures that the member states should undertake; and

That, as part of the preparatory process for the high-level segment of the CND, CICAD entrusted the Governmental Expert Group of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism with drafting a document on the progress of the member states of the Organization of American States on UNGASS objectives and goals 1998-2008 that reflected the realities of the Hemisphere, and entrusted the Chair of the Commission with presenting it to the CND;

CONSIDERING that at the forty-fifth regular session of CICAD the Chair opened a dialogue, with the participation of the Secretary General, on the new challenges facing CICAD, during which it was proposed that the hemispheric instruments governing collective efforts to combat the drug problem, especially the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action, needed to be reviewed;

CONSIDERING ALSO that the member states agreed by consensus on the proposal to begin the review process, for which they adopted a methodology, including a timeline for work, and elected Brazil as coordinator; and

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the offer by Brazil, in accordance with this resolution, to organize and host the meeting of a working group to review and consider options for updating and strengthening the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action,


1. To invite all member states to contribute to and participate in the process of review and updating of the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action, through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

2. To accept with gratitude the offer of the Government of Brazil to host the meeting of the Working Group to Review and Consider Options for Updating and Strengthening the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action, and to coordinate the review and updating process until the results are presented to CICAD at its forty-sixth regular session, to be held in November 2009.

3. To instruct the General Secretariat to provide, through the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security and its pertinent subsidiary departments, in particular the Executive Secretariat of CICAD, technical and administrative support to the process of reviewing and updating the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere and its Plan of Action.

4. To request that the Permanent Council, with the support of the General Secretariat, report to the General Assembly at its fortieth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.