Inshik Sim Magali Vennin Naoki Sugano Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Southeast Asia's Drug Trade: Developments and Challenges

A Talk by Esteban Felipe De La Torre , Magali Vennin , Naoki Sugano and Inshik Sim

About this Talk

During this session, panelists will discuss the latest developments, challenges, and outlooks on Southeast Asia's drug trade, alongside UNODC’s ongoing support to enhance cross-border collaboration and information sharing. The region's drug trade has been marked by a decade of growth in the production and trafficking of synthetic drugs, particularly methamphetamine. While seizures of the drug returned to pre-COVID-19 levels with nearly 151 tons seized in 2022, the market has evolved considerably. At frontline border crossings, detecting and investigating illicit trafficking requires that officers have advanced expertise in identifying and analyzing substances, and the ability to readily collaborate with their counterparts. 

19 October 2023, 04:00 AM

04:00 AM - 05:15 AM

About The Speakers

Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Esteban Felipe De La Torre

UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

International civil servant with 20-year experience working with governments and regional bodies in the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia on the development of policies and plans of action to advance border governance agendas and public information campaigns to counter cross-border crimes.


Magali Vennin

Magali Vennin

UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific


Naoki Sugano

Naoki Sugano

UNODC ROSEAP Criminal Justice Team


Inshik Sim

Inshik Sim

UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Monitoring developments of the illicit manufacture and trafficking of drugs in East and Southeast Asia over the last decade