5 March 2007
Today, the permanent missions of Belarus and the Philippines to the United Nations as well as Vital Voices Global Partnership and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with UNFIP, UNICEF, IOM, OSCE and numerous other organizations, hosted the International Conference on "Trafficking in Women and Girls: Meeting the Challenge Together". Partners united together in their fight against human trafficking across the world discussed examples of measures taken against trafficking in different countries and the various approaches and perspectives of successful cooperation in matters of anti-trafficking in order to establish effective cooperation across countries. The United Nations anti-trafficking roadmap was presented by UNODC, which, in March 1999, had launched the Global Programme Against Trafficking in Human Beings (GPAT) promoting the development of effective responses to the problems related to human trafficking.
The UN Deputy-Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, stressed "I hope all participants will use this meeting to bolster efforts for prevention, prosecution and protection. I hope you will strengthen the partnerships that are needed - among Governments, non-governmental organizations, police forces, the media and the private sector." For Dr. Migiro's full statement, please click here.