Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand today visited the ASEAN Secretariat and met with Secretary-General (SG) of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi. She was in Jakarta as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia, a role she assumed since February 2017.
Her Royal Highness was welcomed at ASEAN Secretariat by SG Dato Lim, the Deputy Secretaries-General of ASEAN, the Thai Ambassadors to Indonesia and ASEAN, as well as the Chair and Members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN. She was accompanied by a delegation of Thai diplomats and officials from the UNODC and Thailand Institute of Justice.
During their meeting, the Secretary-General congratulated Her Royal Highness on her appointment as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and commended her leadership in promoting the rule of law and development in the region through various initiatives including a high-level conference convened in Bangkok on sustainable development, crime prevention and safe societies for Southeast Asia.
Both sides exchanged views on issues related to criminal justice, legal reforms and governance and empowerment of vulnerable groups as they are operationalized by ASEAN sectoral bodies and cross-sectoral mechanisms.
Her Royal Highness expressed appreciation for the comprehensive briefing and stated that further cooperation could be strengthened, with the involvement of as many stakeholders as possible.
Her Royal Highness has served for a number of years in the Office of the Attorney General of Thailand. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Special Advisory Board of the Thailand Institute of Justice and was Thailand's Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations at Vienna in 2012-2014. She studied criminal law and received a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) Degree from Cornell University.
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