The Director of the Department of External Relations, Partnerships, and Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Irene Klinger, presented a report to the 52nd Directing Council on resolutions adopted at the Forty-third General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held 4–6 June 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala.
The theme of this General Assembly was “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem.” The OAS Secretary-General, José Miguel Insulza, presented the findings of “The Drug Problem in the Americas,” a study that responds to the mandate arising from the Sixth Summit of the Americas.
The Assembly also adopted the Declaration of Antigua, which is linked to the Strategy on Substance Use and Public Health approved by the 50th Directing Council in 2010.
The Ambassador of Guatemala to the OAS, José Rodrigo Vielmann de León, told 52nd Directing Council delegates that the Declaration of Antigua addresses the global drug problem with a preventative, holistic, person-centered approach. He highlighted PAHO’s role in addressing the drug problem from a public health perspective and strengthening collaboration between the countries of the Region.