ROCB A/P attends the Stakeholder meeting for a strengthed Regional Enforecement Network (REN) for Chemicals and Waste
1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
On 1 February 2018, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the stakeholders meeting on a proposal for a strengthened Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste in the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. At the Meeting, the UNEP reviewed major achievements in the past 5 years (2012-2017) accomplished through a series of activities by Regional Enforcement Network (REN) and pointed out the persistent challenges and sustainable development goals. Around 20 delegates including the ones from Customs administrations of China, Korea and Thailand, as well as representatives from the ROCB A/P, the RILO A/P, and other partner organizations such as the Interpol and the UNODC, attended the Meeting. Delegates had a constructive meeting with an interactive dialogue on the topic of illegal trade in chemicals and hazardous wastes and associated negative impacts on human health and the environment. The meeting applied a so-called “problem and solution tree method” to conclude the brain storming outcomes from each participant. During the meeting, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P and Mr. Poonyawee SROYTHONG, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P shared their views on the significance of the coordinated border management, risk profiling of environmental cargos and advanced customs clearance system for an efficient customs control, introduced the upcoming WCO Regional Workshop on Environmental topics in Shanghai, and highlighted the commitment of the ROCB A/P’s tailor-made capacity building activities for increasing the awareness and skills of frontline customs officers.
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