Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) is held every year, since 1980, with the participation of correctional administrators, that is officials responsible for the administration of prison and other correctional systems.
The 28th Asian Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators 2008 recently concluded in the island of Langkawi, Malaysia, from 23 to 28 November 2008.
It saw a participation of more than 200 representatives from twenty-five countries of the Asia and Pacific, including
Dr. Jayadev Sarangi,
Prison Expert, UNODC Regional Office for South Asia, and Mr. Gray Sattler, Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS), UNODC RCEAP, Bangkok. The theme of the conference "Togetherness in Unity" reflects the importance and the growing need of forging closer cooperation among the member nations of APCCA. Each and every participating nation shared unique experience and expertise with others. The mutual benefit gained from the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience was tremendous, given the diversity of backgrounds.
It was an excellent forum for networking and advocacy with Prison Administrators from different countries across Asia and the Pacific. It was for the first time that UNODC participated in the APCCA Conference.
Dr. Jayadev Sarangi, Prison Expert UNODC, Regional Office for South Asia, made a presentation on the "
Prison reforms: UNODC perspective" in the plenary hall under Agenda Item One - National Reports on Contemporary Issues in Corrections. The presentation primarily focused on the UNODC "Menu of Services" with reference to Rule of Law and Health and Development.Many participating delegates appreciated the UNODC publications and expressed interest to use these in their prison settings. They also expressed their interest in partnership with UNODC for capacity building and creation of knowledge products in their respective areas.