UNODC in the Region and Indonesia: A presentation for Government and donors
Jakarta 29 April 2009 - UNODC gave a presentation to Government and donors around UNODC's engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and more specifically in Indonesia. Attendees included Indonesian Government representatives from the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KPK and PPATK (the Indonesia Financial Intelligence Unit). Donors presence encompassed USAID, AUSAID, the French Embassy, the Dutch Embassy, Norwegian Embassy the US Embassy and the Australian Embassy. Officials from UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, UNICEF, JIATF-WEST, the Department for International Development, the UNCAC Country visit team and observers from the Philippines and Pakistan were also in attendance.
The presentation was given by Gary Lewis (Regional Office, Bangkok), Ajit Joy and Sam Nugraha (UNODC Jakarta). The presentation commenced with an introductory look at UNODC's work in the Asia-Pacific region generally. This included explanation of why UNODC is engaged in the region, the type of work UNODC undertakes and how the work is implemented. Mr. Lewis also shed light on the legal basis for UNODC's work, as well divulging how UNODC programme structures relate to broader UNODC mandates. Mr. Joy and Mr. Nugraha then proceeded to present UNODC's activities in Indonesia. The areas of judicial integrity, law enforcement training, corruption, illegal logging and HIV/AIDS were canvassed. At the presentation's closing the need for (a) support in the areas of forest crime, anti-corruption, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, strengthening of internal oversight mechanisms and child justice; and (b) partners to work with police, the judiciary and to work in the area of anti-corruption were highlighted. The presentation was followed by a question and discussion session. The engagement of the participants and the tone of their discussions displayed an enthusiasm for current and future UNODC programmes in the region. On the whole, the event was a success, further building understanding of UNODC work among stakeholders in Indonesia.