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About an event at the UN HQ on the occasion of the World Day against trafficking in Persons

On the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings, at the initiative of Belarus at UN Headquarters, the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking in partnership with Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) and US-based international non-governmental organization “Rani's Voice” convened a panel discussion “Stop trafficking in children and youth: a dire need to find sustainable solutions.”

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is commemorated on July 30, starting since 2014. This day was included in the international calendar at the initiative of Belarus in pursuance of UN GA resolution 68/192 and connected to the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, adopted by consensus at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly in 2010.

The Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking was created in 2010 at the initiative of Belarus. The Group comprises 23 Member States from all regions of the world. The UN General Assembly adopted the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in persons, initiated by the Group.

ICAT was created in 2006, pursuant to UNGA resolution 61/180 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” adopted at the initiative by Belarus to foster a partnership among international organisations in the fight against trafficking in persons and comprises 22 Member Organisations and one Partner Organisation. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a coordinator of ICAT. Chairmanship of the ICAT is performed on a rotating basis. In 2018 the Chair of ICAT is United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN Secretary-General A.Guterres sent a message (attached) to the participants of the panel discussion on the occasion of the World Day against trafficking in Persons, and UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UNODC Y.Fedotov (attached a written version) sent a video address.