The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) co-hosted the Expert Group Meeting on Alternative Development 2019 (EGM) on “Advancing alternative development and development-oriented drug policies” in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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Between 15-17 December 2019, MFLF together with the Office of Narcotics Control Board, the Governments of Germany and Peru, and UNODC organised the Expert Group Meeting on Alternative Development 2019 (EGM) on “Advancing alternative development and development-oriented drug policies”. The event was participated by 58 participants including government representatives from 14 countries, international organisations, civil society, private sector, and academia.
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EGM 2019 is an important platform for experts to have an open debate and advance development-oriented drug policies. Nowadays, drug issues affect our society, both rural and urban areas. In order to tackle the problem at its root causes, development and provision of opportunities should be extended to both rural and urban areas. Involvement of private sector and rule of law play an important role in ensuring success of alternative development and urban development programmes.
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M.L. Dispanadda Diskul, Chief Executive Officer of MFLF, emphasised the importance of human-centred approach and provision of opportunity. Rule of law and culture of lawfulness also serve as a foundation for ensuring sustainability of the development. The results of the meeting will be presented at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the official platform for addressing global drug policies of the United Nations, in Vienna, Austria, in 2020.
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Apart from the meeting, MFLF also organised a study visit to the Doi Tung Development Project, to showcase Doi Tung in the present, which has moved beyond livelihood development in agricultural sector but also empowers the community to pursue diverse licit occupations including handicraft, processing and value addition, and entrepreneurship – all of which can be applied in the urban context.

 

    

    

  

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