A regional colloquium on “Empowering Vulnerable Communities and Women for Sustainable Development” was held by the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The colloquium proposed the implementation of the development-led crime prevention approach and promoted an inclusive society to preemptively protect the society from drugs and crime. The discourse cited two stellar examples: the Women’s Correctional Institution in Chiang Mai and the Doi Tung Development Project.

After the study trip to the Women’s Correctional Institution in Chiang Mai and the Doi Tung Development Project, led by HRH Princess Bajraitiyabha Mahidol, between the 25th and 26th of January, 2018, the esteemed participants of the trip attended a regional colloquium on “Empowering Vulnerable Communities and Women for Sustainable Development” at the Le Meridian Hotel in Chiang Rai. The objective of the colloquium was to provide opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas, experiences, and the lessons learned, especially concerning aiding the vulnerable members of the society, such as women prisoners and local communities, through initiatives. It also facilitated discussion on some of the promising strategies guided by the “development-led” concept as a way to enhance efforts in the treatment of offenders and regarding crime prevention.

The topics and the keynote speakers were:


Opening Remarks: “Empowering Vulnerable Communities and Women for Sustainable Development” By Jeremy Douglas, UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Speech
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Speech on the Elements of Sustainable Development-led Crime Prevention By Dr. Kittipong Kittayarak, Executive Director of the Thailand Institute of Justice
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Panel Discussion 1: Using development-led crime prevention to empower vulnerable communities and women: from concept to practice
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Sharing Latin America’s experience in crime prevention through social development
By Javier Sagredo, International Consultant 
Presentation
Background Paper

The ASEAN Culture of Prevention
By Jonathan Tan, Assistant Director and Head of Culture and Information Division, ASEAN Secretariat
Presentation


Panel Discussion 2: People-centered and sustainable reintegration of offenders: getting the criminal justice system and the community to work together
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A gender sensitive approach: sustainable reintegration of female offenders By Miwa Kato, Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

People-centered community reintegration By Sandro Calvani, Senior Advisor on Strategic Planning, Mae Fah Luang Foundation
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Role of the criminal justice system in the sustainable reintegration of offenders By Wisit Wisitsora-art, Permanent-Secretary of Thailand Ministry of Justice

Lessons learned from the Doi Raang prisoners pre-release programmes By Apinun Aramrattana, Professor, Chiang Mai University
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Closing Remarks
By Matti Joutsen, Special Advisor to the Thailand Institute of Justice
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