Vientiane (Lao PDR), 30 August 2016 – The synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia is continuing to expand, accounting for a large and growing proportion of global methamphetamine production, trafficking and use. Alarmingly, high purity crystal methamphetamine is increasingly available in the region, with seizures up nearly five times over the last 5 years.
In response to the situation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), has organized a regional conference on the synthetic drug market and related national and regional strategies in Vientiane August 30 – 31. Senior-level delegations from countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia, as well as international organizations, partner governments and agencies, are participating. The conference was arranged to coincide with the coming ASEAN Summit in Vientiane which some delegates will also attend for political security community discussions and negotiations.
On 30 March 2016, a senior-level United Nations Delegation led by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča, held an official full-fledged ASEAN-UN Secretariat-to-Secretariat Meeting with the ASEAN Secretariat leadership, headed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Continue reading →
Following are UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki-moon’s opening remarks at the seventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit, in Kuala Lumpur today:
I am honoured to join you. 2015 is a momentous year for the United Nations, ASEAN and our partnership. The world has now adopted visionary Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty by 2030. In just eight days, the Climate Change Conference will open in Paris to adopt a meaningful new agreement. Continue reading →
Member countries of ASEAN have begun a two day consultation in collaboration with FAO to finalize a road map of priority actions for the implementation of a nutrition component for food security. The aim of the consultation is to firmly integrate nutrition into the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and the Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security (SPA-FS). FAO has been assisting ASEAN with development and implementation of its AIFS and SPA-FS 2015 – 2020. Continue reading →
South-East Asia’s migrant workers often face immense hardship throughout their migration experience, such as stigma and discrimination, exploitative working conditions, social exclusion and, critically, a lack of access to health services, says a new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Continue reading →
IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers – to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.” Continue reading →
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remark that “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.” reflects the global trend away from capital punishment. More and more Member States from all regions acknowledge that the death penalty undermines human dignity, and that its abolition, or at least a moratorium on its use, contributes to Continue reading →
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for enhanced partnership between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two bodies work together for peace, human rights and sustainable development across the region. “You have a tremendous opportunity to position the ASEAN region for the 21st century. Continue reading →
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, or the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting (AUMM), was held on 26 September 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Continue reading →
The Security Council has encouraged the continuing involvement of regional and subregional organizations in the peaceful settlement of disputes, including through conflict prevention, confidence building and mediation, and underlined the importance of utilizing their existing and potential capabilities. Through a presidential statement Continue reading →