Background

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 74/176 of 18 December 2019, “Improving the Coordination of Efforts against
Trafficking in Persons” and resolution 75/283 of 7 June 2021,“Modalities, format and organization of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons”, a high-level meeting of the General Assembly will be convened on 22-23 November 2021 to appraise progress achieved in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (resolution 64/293).

This appraisal occurs on a quadrennial basis, and provides the opportunity to acknowledge achievements, and reflect on existing
gaps and challenges, both in implementation and scope, and consequently on the way forward in the fight against trafficking in
persons.

Format

The two-day high-level meeting will consist of an opening plenary meeting, followed by plenary meetings, two interactive panel
discussions, and a closing plenary meeting. The political declaration on the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons will be adopted at the opening plenary. Each of the two panels will be chaired by a representative of a Member State at the invitation of the President of the General Assembly. For each panel, the chair of the panel will provide an opening statement, followed by a presentation from each of the panelists. The floor will then be opened for an interactive discussion with interventions and questions limited to 2 minutes each for individual delegations and 3 minutes for regional group statements.

The official programme of side events for the High-level Meeting has been published here, on the UNODC website dedicated to the High-level Meeting.