High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly was convened on September 27-28, 2017 to review the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons with the aim to assess achievements, gaps and challenges.
As a member of the group of countries who are vocal about fighting modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UN, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, actively participated at the two-day High Level Meeting during which the General Assembly endorsed the “Political declaration on the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons” by consensus.
During the High Level Meeting Ambassador Bogyay presented Hungary’s latest initiatives and programs related to the fight against trafficking in persons, and touched upon next steps as well.
On September 28, Ambassador Bogyay spoke at the plenary session of the General Assembly, and highlighted the need for cooperation, coordination and data sharing in the fight against trafficking in persons.
She pointed out that Human Trafficking occurs in every country and region, all around the world and therefore it is a truly outstanding global challenge. Therefore, there must be effective cooperation and partnership between the countries of origin, destination and transit as well as among states, international organizations, civil society, and business groups, including through the mechanism of ICAT, the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons. She highlighted that collecting and analyzing data is of key importance and we need multi-disciplinary teams in investigations. She emphasized that we have to start coordinating our actions effectively with all relevant stakeholders. In the meantime, we also need planetary consciousness, as well as information, data and knowledge sharing.
To read the full statements of the Ambassador, please click here.
In her intervention at the panel discussion on effective partnership for the prevention and prosecution of trafficking in persons, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of disrupting financial flows associated with the phenomena as well as awareness raising and effective implementation of the 2O3O Agenda.
Ambasador Bogyay highlighted that the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda is the best chance of our time to tackle this deeply rooted challenge and eventually eliminate trafficking in persons. She pointed out that Human trafficking is one of the most severe abuses of human rights, and a lucrative business that generates billions of dollars in revenues every year. That is the reason why eliminating human trafficking and creating safe environments can only be achieved by detecting and disrupting financial flows associated with the phenomena.
Raising global awareness is also crucial and communication matters. With the aim of putting modern slavery in the spotlight, Hungary works together with different media companies and film makers, she added.
To read the full statement of the Ambassador, please click here.