Tag Archives: South East Asia

Conference in Lao Before ASEAN Summit to Address the Expanding Regional Synthetic Drug Market

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. 

New report sheds light on health challenges of migrants in South-East Asia

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

UNHCR alarmed at reports of boat pushbacks in South-east Asia

The UN refugee agency is extremely alarmed at reports suggesting that Indonesia and Malaysia may have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh. On Monday the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a boat out to sea, although it is not clear if this represents a change in the government’s policy. Yesterday Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency announced that it would not let foreign ships dock unless they are unseaworthy and sinking. Continue reading

Inclusive growth required to achieve sustainable development in Asia-Pacific

UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015Developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to fare well in comparison to the rest of the world, but structural weaknesses constrain growth prospects, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its latest regional macroeconomic outlook report released today, emphasizing that more inclusive Continue reading

United Nations and the abolition of the death penalty

UN Photo of prison by Martine PerretUN 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