Representatives from about 50 countries and experts from international organisations convened in Bangkok for the 2nd International Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD) from 19 to 24 November 2015. The meeting was arranged by the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) in collaboration with the governments of Thailand and Myanmar. GDPDP is a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under the political patronage of the Federal Government’s Drug Commissioner. The 1st ICAD conference had already been hosted in Thailand back in 2011.
Initially the participants visited rural development projects in Thailand and Myanmar that are designed in accordance with the alternative development approach. This gave them the opportunity to see projects where this approach has been implemented in practice and to learn at first-hand how the United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development are applied.
The field visits and discussions at the 2nd ICAD conference were followed by an expert group meeting on alternative development that was also hosted in Bangkok by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Thai Mae Fah Luang Foundation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The findings of all these events were summed up in a draft resolution for the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This draft resolution was tabled jointly by Germany, Peru and Thailand at the 59th session of the CND and adopted by the community of states.