It was Thailand’s great honour to host the International Seminar Workshop on the Implementation of United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development - UNGPs on AD / International Conference on Alternative Development 2 (ICAD2) in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.
The ICAD2 provided a distinctive opportunity for participants of the Member States of the United Nations and the international community to build linkages, and to foster alliances and the fruitful cooperation on AD towards the post 2015 (sustainable) development agenda and UNGASS2016 process. The ICAD2 overall information is as follows.

19-24 November 2015
Chiang Rai Province, Chiang Mai Province, and Bangkok
    1. Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Thailand
    2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand 
    3. Royal Project Foundation
    4. Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage
    5. Thailand Institute of Justice (Public Organization)
    6. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – UNODC
In November 2011, Thailand together with Peru and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted the International Workshop and Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD) which brought together over 100 policy makers, experts, practitioners, members of international organizations, and civil society from all continents to exchange good practices on alternative development (AD) to solve the problem of narcotic crop cultivation through alleviating poverty and ensuring viable licit livelihood opportunities. This meeting culminated in the drafting of the ‘International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development’. Since then, the Guiding Principles have been endorsed at the high level conference in Peru in November 2012 and the 56th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna in March 2013, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York in December 2013 as the ‘United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development’ (UNGPs on AD). The Guiding Principles serve as guidelines based on years of good practices and accumulated knowledge on alternative development across regions.
Given the availability of the UNGPs and the important junctures of the post-2015 development agenda as well as the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problems in 2016, the Government of Thailand, therefore, proposes to host the 2nd International Workshop and Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD2) in Thailand in November 2015, in line with the 58th CND resolution (58/4): ‘Promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development’ to move beyond the achievements of the 1st ICAD towards broader implementation of the UNGPs on AD on the ground.
    • To advance the UNGPs towards practical application
    • To underscore the importance of integrating AD into larger national and international development plans aimed at improving the overall livelihood of the target population
    • To provide meaningful contributions related to AD towards the post-2015 development agenda and UNGASS 2016 process
    • To strengthen and extend alliances on AD amongst policy makers, practitioners, academics, development organizations, financial institutions, and private sector organizations across regions including alliances between experienced countries and ‘emerging countries’ on AD for more effective AD programmes