The aim of the meeting is to further knowledge about the EWS already working and also the current situation of the countries who express their interest at implementing an EWS, as well as to take the methodological and conceptual decisions needed to move forward regarding this goal.
The first meeting of the Activity 1.3 (Work group on Early Warning Systems) took place the 12th and 13th of September 2017, at Bogota, Colombia.
Activity 1.3 (Promotion and facilitation of the creation of Early Warning Systems at national levels in the CELAC countries) is focused on technical assistance needed to allow the establishment of agreements for the exchange of information among the National Agencies, the National Observatories and other key institutions. The final objective is to stablish Early Warning Systems in these countries.
The work group formed by the next Spanish speaking countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia (leader country) Ecuador, Uruguay (leader country); Portugal (European reference country). The English speaking group was formed by Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Poland (European reference country) and Check Republic (European reference country). Also participated COPOLADs’ task force and the Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID/CICAD/OAS)
Associated operational objectives
1.3 - Test, develop or update evaluation and monitoring tools, processes and tasks, necessary to deepen the knowledge of the drugs situation in CELAC countries with well-established NDOs.
Presented and discusses the main results of the surveys on the characteristics and scope of the existing SATs (Spanish-speaking group and Anglo-speaking group)
Discussed the main conditions and obstacles in the implementation of a SAT
Defined the basic (conceptual and methodological) design scheme of a SAT
Defined the work plan in the future
Defined the guidelines to design the subregional SAT network
Promoted the establishment in CELAC countries of national EWS, though the onset of sustainable information-sharing agreements between NAs, NDOs and other stakeholders, which can provide key information to assess and deal effectively with the new threats of psychoactive drugs.
The percentage of CELAC participating countries having a national EWS, has increased, at least a 50% (from baseline situation).