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The Thirty-Third Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and the Pacific

Bali (Indonesia), 19 October 2009 - The Thirty-Third Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and the Pacific took place in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on 6-9 October 2009. The Meeting was hosted by the Government of Indonesia and organized by UNODC with the support of the Australian Federal Police. Attended by over 120 delegates, comprised of representatives from national drug law enforcement agencies, UNODC, and other specialized agencies, the aim of this 4-day meeting was to facilitate knowledge sharing and to enhance the capacity of Member States in Asia-Pacific to counter current and emerging threats in the field of drug trafficking and law enforcement.

Recent drug trafficking trends in the region and adequate responses by Member States were at the centre of the discussions in the course of the meeting. UNODC particularly stressed the role of regional and subregional cooperation in areas such as joint investigations, law enforcement training and information sharing.

As part of the meeting, working groups were established to review issues of regional importance in the area of drug control and to facilitate informal discussions and exchanges of views on those matters. Topics discussed in the working group sessions - which began with presentations by high-level speakers from representatives of national drug law enforcement agencies, the Australian Federal Police and UNODC, amongst others - were organized under three themes: 1) Illicit Trafficking: Emerging trends across the region; 2) Measures to counter the manufacture of ATS in the region; and 3) Removing the profit from drug trafficking.

Furthermore, participants were invited to inform the Thirty-third Meeting of action taken by their Governments to implement the recommendations adopted at the Thirty-first Meeting. The recommendations will also be considered by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the leading policy-making body of the United Nations in the area of international drug control.

For the full list of relevant documents, including agenda, recommendations from the working groups, statistics on drug trends in East Asia and the Pacific, and the meeting report click here