The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

Wednesday, 21 Jul 2021

RSO Participates in Webinar as part of University of the South Pacific (USP) Course on Ethical Issues in Leadership and Command

21 July 2021


Today (July 21, 2021), the RSO was given the opportunity to participate in a webinar discussion as part of a University of the South Pacific (USP) course on Ethical Issues in Leadership and Command.


This virtual ‘Talanoa’ session focused on the security challenges faced by the pacific during the global pandemic and applied a leadership lens to the discussion as corruption is a key enabler of crime.


Key law enforcement partners from the region were invited to share their perspectives and experiences, including Mr. Jay Caldwell from the Australia Pacific Security College, Dr. Alfred Oehlers from the Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) and Mr. Ioane Alama from the Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC).


Bill Laidlaw (Programme Coordinator at the RSO) shared his experiences from his career as a law enforcement officer during the discussion. The RSO was able to further contribute to the discussion by sharing the RSO and UNODC joint publication on Corruption as a Facilitator of Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons, noting that while it focuses on Southeast Asia, the findings and recommendations may be useful in the pacific.


The RSO is grateful for the opportunity from the USP to join and participate in this webinar. We look forward to further engagement with the Pacific.