Top United Nations officials are urging the UN General Assembly to fully implement key anti-human trafficking treaties and to cooperate more closely to counter the multi-billion dollar industry which has trapped some 21 million men, women and children in forced labor.
Countries will examine progress made on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Adopted in 2010, the Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programs to boost development and strengthen security around the world. Discussions focus on its four pillars – preventing trafficking, prosecuting offenders, protecting victims and forming partnerships to fight trafficking.
The Plan also set up the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Nearly one-third of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 were children, according to a report released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) citing data from 132 countries.
UN’s efforts to end human trafficking are supported by the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) which works with governments, business, academia, civil society and the media. It is comprised of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN-partnering International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Learn more at the UN News Centre article: UN Member States appraise Global Action Plan to combat human trafficking.