In his Opening Remarks, H.E. General Paiboon Khoomchaya, Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand, encouraged ASEAN Member States to deepen cooperation towards realising a Drug-Free ASEAN. The Minister said that the ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities against Illicit Drugs 2016 - 2025, which ASOD is currently finalising, would support regional efforts for a Drug-Free ASEAN. He emphasised that with the establishment of the ASEAN Community, ASEAN must address the problem of illicit drug trafficking hand-in-hand and that no single country should be left behind. The Minister also stressed that ASEAN must stand firm in designing policies that are aligned with a zero-tolerance approach against drugs.

Source: Association of SouthEast Asian Nation