Organization of American States


Press Advisory
January 30, 2001


The Organization of American States (OAS) will host news conferences Thursday on two key issues: the plan of action being developed for the upcoming Summit of the Americas, and the reports that will be presented at the Summit evaluating each nation’s progress against drugs.

The Personal Representative of the Prime Minister of Canada for the Summit and the National Coordinators for the Summit of Chile and the United States – will talk about this week’s meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) and the issues that will take center stage at the Third Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from April 20 to 22.

The second news conference, which will immediately follow, will focus on the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), which was developed to measure progress against drugs in each country of the Americas and in the region as a whole. The national reports on the 34 OAS member countries will be made available to the media.

Summit Implementation Review Group
Thursday, February 1, 12 noon

Speakers:     Marc Lortie, Personal Representative of the Prime Minister of Canada for the Summit
                     Ambassador Alberto van Klaveren, Chile’s National Coordinator for the     
                     Ambassador Luis Lauredo, U.S. National Coordinator for the Summit

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
Thursday, February 1, 1:00 p.m.

OAS Secretary General César Gaviria
                                       David Beall, CICAD Executive Secretary

Both events will take place at the Organization of American States, 17th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. A light lunch will be provided. For further information, please contact Lucrecia Baracat at (202) 458-6824.