15 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
On 15 February 2017, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme hosted the 18th meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Environmental Crime (ARPEC) in the UN building in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme for this event was ‘Human Rights and Gender in Environmental Crime’. 20 Participants representing Customs, WCO ROCB A/P, Interpol, UNODC, the Thai Government, the Swedish Embassy, TRAFFIC, Freeland, USAID Wildlife Asia, AECEN, BAN Toxics and UN Environment attended the Meeting. Participants had a constructive meeting with a rich dialogue on the different dimensions of gender and human rights issues in relation to the environmental crime. Participants also had a productive session updating each other on their identified priorities and upcoming work plans. During this session, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, spoke about the related activities of Environment Protection from the capacity builders’ perspective. He introduced the ROCB A/P’s tailor-made capacity building activities for increasing the awareness and skills of frontline customs officers, pointed out the new illicit trade in E-commence and online shops, and highlighted the recently published paper - ‘Illicit Wildlife Trade and the Role of Customs’ by WCO.
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