Saturday, December 16, 2017

Caricom heads approve united stance on drugs

 A Draft Special Declaration on the World Drug Problem was approved yesterday at the II CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Havana, Cuba.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar attended the plenary session with Cuban President Raul Castro where heads stressed that drug control policies should have a comprehensive and balanced perspective. 

According to the release, heads recognised that drug abuse is also a public health problem, which demands the formulation of policies according to a higher priority to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and social insertion, taking into account the different realities of each Member State and full respect for territorial sovereignty and integrity.

It added that the vulnerability of Small Island States was also addressed in the Draft Special Declaration on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in which Heads endorsed and recognised that the third International Conference on SIDS presented a pivotal movement to focus development efforts, facilitate dialogue, build partnerships and make development strategies more results-oriented.

The Summit ended with a Draft Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace in which they reiterated the urgent need of General and Complete Nuclear Disarmament, as well as the commitment with the Strategic Agenda of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), adopted by the 33 Member States of the Organisation in the General Conference which was held in Buenos Aires in August 2013. See Page 32