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NYPM 06-2012

12 APRIL 2012

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HOLDS HIGH LEVEL INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING; PHILIPPINES CHAIRS PANEL DISCUSSION

The Philippines, together with Portugal, chaired the panel discussion on Protecting the Victims of Trafficking: Partnerships and Innovation during the High Level Interactive Dialogue on Human Trafficking held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 3 April 2012. The one day high level interactive dialogue brought together senior UN officials, Member States representatives, international organizations, civil society, private sector, and the media, to discuss the importance of a comprehensive approach and inclusive international partnerships in effectively fighting global trafficking. The meeting also aimed to raise visibility and publicize the cause of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking.

Opening remarks were made by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser; UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki‐moon; Permanent Representative of Indonesia H.E. Desra Percaya, speaking on behalf of the President of ECOSOC Milos Koterec; UNODC Executive Director Mr. Yury Fedotov; and UN Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking, Ms. Mira Sorvino. The opening ceremony was followed by the panel discussion on Protecting the Victims of Trafficking: Partnerships and Innovation chaired by the Philippine Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Amb. Libran N. Cabactulan and the Permanent Representative of Portugal, H.E. Mr. Jose Filipe Morales Cabral, with UN Women Executive Director Ms. Michele Bachelet, as one of the panelists. The interactive discussion focused on existing challenges in the context of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and ways of improving the international community’s coordinated efforts to end human trafficking.

Ambassador Cabactulan stated that women, girls and migrants are among the more vulnerable to human trafficking and that trafficking in persons is a crime of such magnitude that it cannot be dealt with successfully at the national or even at the regional level alone. Thus, the Philippines has always strongly supported policies and initiatives that could foster greater multilateral cooperation and complement existing international legal frameworks to combat trafficking in persons. Aside from being one of the founding members of the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking and one of the co-sponsors of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Philippines is the main sponsor of the biennial UN General Assembly resolution on Trafficking in Women and Girls.

A panel discussion on Assistance to the Victims of Trafficking: the Role of Governments, International Organizations, Private Sector and Civil Society was held in the afternoon chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Liechtenstein and Cape Verde.

The one day interactive dialogue was organized by the President of the UN General Assembly, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and initiated by Belarus as coordinator of the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, of which the Philippines is one of the founding members.

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser; UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon; Permanent Representative of Indonesia H.E. Desra Percaya, speaking on behalf of the President of ECOSOC Milos Koterec; UNODC Executive Director Mr. Yury Fedotov; and UN Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking, Ms. Mira Sorvino at the Opening Ceremony of the High Level Interactive Dialogue on Human Trafficking.

 

Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, H.E. Libran Cabactulan chairing with Permanent Representative of Portugal, H.E. Mr. Jose Filipe Morales Cabral, the interactive panel discussion on Protecting the Victims of Trafficking: Parnerships and Innovation.


Reference:

Robert E.A. Borje
Second Secretary
Legal Affairs, Press and Information and Interfaith Dialogue


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