Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
June 4, 2009


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

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the 34 national reports on implementation of the recommendations of the Fourth Evaluation Round 2005-2006 of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), adopted by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at its forty-fifth regular session; and

REAFFIRMING its commitment to the MEM as the hemisphere’s instrument for objectively measuring the progress made by member states in combating the illicit drug problem, identifying vulnerabilities and areas for improvement, and strengthening hemispheric solidarity and cooperation,

RESOLVES:

1. To note with satisfaction the adoption by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at its forty-fifth regular session of the 34 national reports on implementation of the recommendations of the Fourth Evaluation Round 2005-2006.

2. To recognize the work of the Inter-Governmental Working Group (IWG) in reviewing and updating the questionnaire of indicators and all other elements of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) process, and to note with satisfaction the approval by CICAD, at its forty-fifth regular session, of the IWG proposal to enhance the mechanism for the Fifth Evaluation Round 2007-2009.

3. To recognize the work of the National Coordinating Entities and to encourage all countries to continue to provide high-quality and reliable data for the MEM evaluation process within the established time frames.

4. To thank all national agencies providing information to the MEM process throughout the evaluation cycle, and to highlight to all national institutions the benefits the MEM offers to all member states, including improved national coordination on drug control issues and increased multilateral cooperation in all aspects of the drug problem.

5. To recognize the evaluation work undertaken by the Governmental Expert Group (GEG) of the MEM through drafting of the national and hemispheric reports.

6. To urge all countries to designate their national experts and alternate experts to the GEG for the Fifth Evaluation Round, to enable full participation by the 34 GEG experts during the forthcoming three-year MEM evaluation round.

7. To encourage member states to act upon all pending recommendations from the Fourth Evaluation Round assigned through the MEM reports and to consider these recommendations in the formulation of national anti-drug policies and programs.

8. To encourage full and regular participation by all member states, especially those from the Caribbean region, in all aspects of the MEM process.

9. To thank member states for hosting the MEM regional workshops as well as for providing financial and non-financial contributions to the MEM process, and to encourage all countries to support the evaluation process in this regard.

10. To note with satisfaction:

a. That the MEM reports were considered by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs as supplemental data for the evaluation of the 1998 UNGASS goals and targets; and

b. The preparation of a hemispheric report of coordinated actions related to the 1998 UNGASS goals and targets taken by the member states on the basis of the information available through the MEM.

11. To instruct the Executive Secretariat of CICAD to:

a. Work proactively with the member states to strengthen their participation in all aspects of the MEM process;

b. Continue to increase awareness of the MEM process and to provide technical assistance, training, and support to the member states, particularly the more vulnerable small island member states, during the Fifth Evaluation Round of the MEM; and

c. Continue to disseminate the MEM evaluation reports and the Hemisphere’s achievements and experiences, promoting stronger cooperation between the MEM and the United Nations monitoring system.