Ministerial meeting aims to crack down on drug crime in Southeast Asia
A ministerial meeting on enhancing the cooperation
effectiveness in combating transnational drug crime was held in Hanoi on
September 10 as initiated by the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security.
Participants at the opening ceremony
Nearly 200 delegates representing countries and
international organisations of Cambodia, Laos, China, Thailand, Myanmar, the
Philippine, and Vietnam as well as the US Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh reiterated
Vietnam’s determination, goodwill, and commitment in enhancing cooperation
with the UNODC and countries in the region and the world in striving to
realise regional common goals of peace, stability, development and
prosperity, and build a drug-free Southeast Asia.
He stressed the importance of the three UN
conventions on drugs, as well as the 2009 political declaration and plan of
action on international cooperation to counter the world drug problem, the
2014 ministerial statement, and the document adopted at the UN General
Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in 2016. He proposed that
countries make those documents the foundation in building and adjusting drug
The Deputy PM called on countries to be more
proactive in contributing to and sharing responsibility in mobilizing
resources for regional and global drug prevention initiatives.
During the meeting, participants shared updated
information on emerging trends in drug crime and potential threats, and
discussed urgent measures and strategies to effectively crack down on
cross-border drug crime.
They also affirmed high-level commitment to
cooperation and coordination of activities in fighting drug crime both
inside and outside the region.
Besides the plenary session, the meeting also held
multilateral group discussions on key drug transport routes such as
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