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Trafficking in persons is a global problem, affecting people from all walks of life. Notwithstanding international, national and local efforts to combat human trafficking, the problem is far from ending. With the world’s growing population, tightening labour market, and the highest levels of recorded migration in world history, human trafficking continues to be a major international concern. The Trafficking in Persons Protocol1 was signed ten years ago and provided the main impetus for the surge of anti-trafficking measures across the globe.
Over the past decade, a strong anti-trafficking movement has grown around the world from grass roots to international levels. There are now thousands of stakeholders in the anti-trafficking community. Currently, however, overlap and duplication of efforts, lack of coordination, lack of consolidation of knowledge and inconsistent approaches impede stakeholders from realising their full potential in
combating human trafficking. There is a pressing need to harness the combined expertise and resources of all these stakeholders in order to better support a coordinated and evidence-based approach. This need cannot be addressed by one sector or agency alone.
In recognition of the need for coordinated action, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was established as a global interagency initiative, made up of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). These agencies form the UN.GIFT Steering Committee.
The mission of UN.GIFT is, through a global multi-stakeholder partnership, to mobilize State and non-state actors to eradicate human trafficking by (i) reducing both the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; (ii) ensuring adequate protection and support to those who do fall victim, and (iii) supporting the efficient prosecution of the criminals involved, while respecting
the fundamental human rights of all persons.
As a globally recognised multi-agency initiative, working through its Secretariat and its member organizations, UN.GIFT is uniquely placed to make progress in ensuring that the global fight against trafficking is taken to a new level in the ways programmes are conceptualised, designed, implemented and evaluated. To this end, UN.GIFT has already successfully delivered a host of strategic results that have led to its distinctive position in the global response to human trafficking.
The purpose of this Strategic Plan is to set out the overarching direction, priorities and implementation plan for the next phase of UN.GIFT. It has been designed for the use of the UN.GIFT Steering Committee (SC), as well as for Governments and programme funders (Government and non-government), partners and other collaborators of UN.GIFT as a statement of intent describing how UN.GIFT will
contribute to the fight against trafficking in persons in the future. The level of consultation and review maintained through the drafting process has helped ensure that this Strategic Plan represents the broadest possible agreement on UN.GIFT’s future priorities and programme of action.
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The EU have confirmed that there are approximately 800,000 victims of trafficking across EU member States at any given time.. Read The Independent article here...