Publication date 1 January 2019

President of the National Legislative Assembly held a Press Conference on the 2nd Meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) during 12-15 March 2019 at Chiangmai Province.

Date 13/3/2019

          ​On Wednesday 13 March 2019, at 09.00 hrs. Convention Hall1, Le Meridien Hotel, Chiangmai Province, Prof. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the National Legislative Assembly, Chairperson of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) announced that the National Legislative Assembly hosted the 2nd Meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) during 12-15 March 2019 at Le Meridien Hotel, Chiangmai Province to consider the draft resolution on alternative development towards a drug-free ASEAN Community.

          ​Throughout the years AIPA member parliaments have been determined to set up drug-free ASEAN, however, we still could not solve the problem of illicit drug crop cultivation in our region, so the idea of Alternative Development was introduced in order to reduce the illicit drug crop cultivation.  Nonetheless, government sector have to support relevant policies and projects as well as knowledge building, technology support and expanding markets to promote economic crops in the community, eliminate poverty and building a better quality of life.  In addition, local communities will play an important role of drugs prevention and suppression within their own communities.  Apart from promoting economic crops, local communities within respective countries need to find their uniqueness, identity or specialty in order to use them as a tool to develop their communities and government and relevant sectors have to support their communities as well.

          ​AIPA as a legislative organization and representative of ASEAN people needs to distribute the knowledge of alternative development through various ways in order to cooperate within AIPA member parliaments so that alternative development is the way to eliminate drugs in our region as well as at the global level, crime related to drugs and will result in drug-free ASEAN.

          ​This Meeting will consider the following documents :
​1. Reports  by each AIPA member parliaments on the progress of drugs elimination.
​2. Draft Resolution on Alternative Development towards a Drug-Free ASEAN Community.
​3. Work plan and AIPACODD’s Goal.
​4. Progress report of the Special Desk.
          ​In addition, delegates have attended the Study Visit at the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon and studied organic farming in order to see the examples of sustainable use of alternative development to reduce illicit drug crop cultivation as well as discussed with the Thai hill tribe farmers who live in Inthanon Mountain area where in the past, farmers use the land rotation farming system and then changed the producing system from self-reliance to monoculture system which resulted in natural resources degradation while the quality of life of the farmers is still not improving.  From these reasons, the community leader then tried to solve these problems by changing the idea of farmers as well as changing the producing system to be environmental - friendly in the way of organic farming with the support of the Royal Project Foundation as a coach to promote and develop career of the Thai hill tribe farmers in both agricultural sector and non - agricultural sector to be in line with building community capacity and restoring natural resources.  It is a vital way to help member countries to achieve the goal of eliminating illicit drug crop cultivation and drugs that have negative social impacts within the ASEAN region and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to enhance the quality of life of ASEAN people


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