New Regional Programme

The UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific is currently developing a new integrated Regional Programme that will run from 2014-2017. This new Programme will be built on strategic consultations with regional entities, governments, and international partners, and includes baseline development conducted by experts.

The aim of the new Regional Programme is to assist Member States to better address challenges to development, security, and governance posed by illicit drugs, crime, terrorism and corruption. To tackle the challenges, it is imperative to support regional frameworks and networks that align with national responses.

In parallel, UNODC is also developing its first integrated Country Programme for Myanmar, a key component of the new Regional Programme.

To express your interest in participating in these consultations and other potential partnerships with UNODC, kindly contact fo.thailand@unodc.org.

Programme development by UNODC in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is mandated to assist Member States to address challenges to development, security and governance posed by illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.

Within UNODC mandates, the programme will provide assistance in the following areas:

  1. Illicit smuggling, trafficking and cross border cooperation: strengthening key institutions and border management capabilities to prevent all forms of illicit goods and services (human beings, narcotic drugs, wildlife, wood and etc.) smuggled and trafficked within, into and out of the region.
  2. Crime prevention and criminal justice: strengthening national and regional legal frameworks in accordance with relevant UN level conventions. Improving national capacities. Enhancing regional cooperation among national authorities.
  3. Drug, health and HIV: strengthening human capacity, education and health system infrastructure to better deliver drugs and related HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
  4. Alternative sustainable livelihoods: assisting communities in drug production areas to integrate alternative development and illicit crop elimination into the broader development and poverty reduction strategies.

Programme development elements & timeline

UNODC is conducting the following exercises as part of the development of the new Regional Programme:

Launch of the report, Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific - A Threat Assessment (April 2013)
The findings and recommendations of this report, the first of its kind in our region, will inform significant portions of the new Regional Programme.

Mapping of regional entities and governments
Identifies and profiles regional entities and government agencies working on drug and crime issues in order to facilitate coordination and engagement.

Mapping of international partners
Identifies key intersections and overlaps of work being carried out by partners with UNODC mandates in order to develop synergies, areas of potential cooperation and opportunities for coordination.

Strategic consultations for new Programme Development:

Regional entities
ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting On Transnational Crime (SOMTC)
ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD)
ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)
ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN)

Governments
Minister and senior level consultations
Briefings to relevant ministries on UNODC strategy
Ongoing project-based meetings
Ongoing coordination meetings

International partners
Briefings to ambassadors
Other UN agencies including ESCAP and INTERPOL
FANC and Mini Dublin Group meetings
Donor round tables