Trafficking in Person is an important issues to be reviewed with an appraisal of the Global Plan of Action on September 27 and 28, 2017. This is a high level meeting over two days following the opening of the 72nd Session of the United Nations under
the new President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, (Slovakia). The new President has outlined his vision and priorities under five headings – peace, migration, sustainable planet, human dignity and modern UN.
In September 2018 we will have the adoption of the the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. Consultations continue with the last consultation to be held in Geneva on October 12, and 13. Concurrently regional consultation are being held. The intergovernmental negotiations will commence soon. The website is very informative and updated.
Preparation for the appraisal of the Global Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons has been on going over a number of month and culminated with a Political Declaration which will be adopted on September 27th. A full list of document and a report on the stakeholder meeting held on June 23rd can be accessed HERE
Many NGO’s attended the Stakeholders meeting on June 23rd. The NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons had prepared the CSTIP Advocacy Doc for Global Plan of Action.
The Political Declaration proposes to be strong using language such as ‘evince our strong political will to take decisive concerted action to end this heinous crime,…’ While there is reference to the integrated and indivisible nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a reference to combating all forms of trafficking in person, Good Shepherd advocacy is a clear call for specifically referencing the three targets where trafficking in person is mentioned in the 2030 Agenda – target 5.2 (on trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation), target 8.7 (forced labor and child labor) and 16.2 (all forms of trafficking in children) to be given equal priority.
We are concerned that the trafficking of women and girls under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 5.2 is falling under the radar for both Member States and the United Nations. For example, the recent High Level Political Forum reviewing SDG 5 made no reference to sex trafficking even though Target 5.2 specifically outlines the need to address the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls. Check out blog post of July 5 While various forms of violence were mentioned under 5.2 human trafficking was not.
This same point I made during the Thematic Session in Vienna September 4 and 5 ‘Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrant and trafficking victims.’ Read the full Statement 5th Thematic Consultation on the Global Compact on Migration
Below are three powerpoint with up to date information on human trafficking.