National Drug Observatories critical to fight against drugs in CARICOM

first_imgThe critical importance of Drug Observatories (DOs) was underscored at the Opening of the Regional Seminar for Drug Observatories in the Caribbean on 4 April, 2018, at the Radisson Georgetown Princess Hotel, Guyana. The significance of international cooperation and synergies in the fight against illicit drugs was emphasised also to the gathering mainly of CARICOM practitioners, policy-makers and researchers in the field. Ms. Beverly Reynolds, Coordinator for Health and Human Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, said Drug Observatories were expected to “provide a more accurate picture of the drugs situation” in a country. “They help to identify emerging trends at an early stage and they provide decision-makers with the evidence needed for designing and evaluating appropriate strategies…”, she said. CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Standards, Quality Still Important You may be interested in… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 The minister noted that international cooperation was vital and a basis for working together to ensure that the scourge of drugs was extirpated from our societies. The representative of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Mr. Jean Ricot Dormeus reiterated the case for international cooperation, remarking that the seminar resulted “from a synergy among several entities: the OAS, CARICOM, the European Union and the United States of America”.  Chargé d’Affaires for the United States Embassy in Guyana, Terry Steers-Gonzalez, reiterated his government’s continued support for DOs around the world, noting their important functions to collect monitor, analyse and treat data and to disseminate information to local, regional and international stakeholders to inform decision-making. Mr. Terry Steers-Gonzalez, Chargé d’ Affaires, US Embassy in Guyana, delivers remarks at the opening of the seminar See more photos here “Their roles are vital in the region’s fight against illicit drug use and trafficking and without which our efforts are just a shot in the dark…”, the US representative said. Feature Speaker, Guyana’s Minister for Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan, challenged the gathering on the output of the seminar.  “If there is one thing that I would like to see coming out of this seminar is your emphasis on evidence-based data-driven policies and practices”, he said. The Minister likened drug observatories to the “brains of the society”, tasked with coming up with the relevant evidence-based solutions, policies and practices. In order to do so, he noted, Observatories must ask the correct corrections. “The correct questions in relation to matters of drugs sometimes lead us, for example, to whether we should legalise the activity or decriminalise the activity…”, he said. Oct 1, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment “We need to understand more clearly the threats to our societies and economies. We need to sharpen our tools to counter these threats effectively. We need to craft policies that curb crime and violence. We know that the abuse and trafficking of drugs fuel crime and violence, and at the same time destroy our youth, seek to corrupt our civil servants and politicians, and derail the forward movement of our economies… This synergy signals to me that no entity can do it alone; unity does generate force”, he said. Mr. Dormeus commended the newly-established National anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA), for being instrumental in the preparation of the meeting, which he said “shows already great signs of vibrancy”. The two-day seminar is being held in collaboration with the Government of Guyana and the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS/CICAD). It aims to strengthen the capacity of representatives to gather, analyse and report on drug-related information and to enable the development of evidence-based drug policies and programmes.  It is an activity of the response under the Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) component of the Tenth European Development Fund (EDF) Crime and Security Programme between the European Union and CARIFORUM. 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