20-23 November 2018, Shanghai China
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Combating Environmental Crime and the Debriefing of the WCO Operation “Demeter IV” on 20-23 November 2018 in Shanghai, China, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China). More than 60 representatives from 36 WCO Member Administrations, 7 international organizations, 7 Chinese competent authorities and Academia participated in this years’ second environment-related WCO regional event in the A/P region after the Green Customs Regional Workshop and briefing of “Demeter IV” Operation held in April 2018. (http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/404/?crmid=lfgvihnel41ag1bqavo564upt2) Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, ROCB A/P’s Program Coordinator, participated in this workshop as facilitators.
The Workshop was conducted to retain the fostered momentum and raise full awareness of the long-term and arduous nature of the work on combating illegal transboundary movement of hazadous wastes, Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and wildlife as well as protecting the global ecological environment in the Customs enforcement context. Participants duly share their view and reaffirmed that, for law enforcement agencies, ecological and environmental protection is a long-term task, and members can not expect to get it done just in one battle. Thus, Customs administrations should work together through continuous cooperation. Among the others, information sharing, online illegal trade, risk profiling, new trade routes and the application of new technologies were the key topics discussed among the participants vigorously.
In the course of the Workshop, the debriefing session of the WCO Operation “Demeter IV” was arranged on 20 November and more than 150 guests, including Minister of the GACC, Vice Minister of the Ministry of China Ecology and Environment, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO, Secretary General of the IRU, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government, other GACC executives, foreign Customs Attachés and police officers in China, witnessed the fruitful outcomes of the joint operation and supported the proposed way forward. The Operation “Demeter IV” initiated by China in March 2018 involved 15 international organizations, including the WCO, the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Criminal Police Organization, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention and 75 solid waste importing and exporting countries and regions. Mr. Ni Yuefeng, Minister of the China Customs, referred to the operation as "a pioneering success" in international collaboration. Mr. Ni stressed that "For the law enforcement departments, ecological environment protection is a long-term task," in his remarks addressed at the debriefing ceremony. Mr. Ni of the GACC underlined that "China Customs will continue to work with the international organizations and other member countries and regions to construct a prosperous, clean and beautiful world together."
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