On 23 June 2017, the President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr Peter Thomson organized an informal, interactive multi-stakeholder hearing in preparation for the High-level plenary meeting to review the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons taking place at UN headquarters at the end of September. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN delivered her remarks in the first panel of the hearing addressing a human rights-based, survivor-centered approach to trafficking and modern day slavery.
The hearing provided the opportunity for Member States and stakeholders from civil society, the business community, academia, UN entities and representatives of survivors to exchange views about the desired outcome for the General Assembly’s high-level meeting to review the UN Global Plan of Action at the end of September 2017. The four panels during the day addressed a human rights-based, survivor-centered approach to trafficking in persons; the situation in armed conflicts, humanitarian crises and natural disasters; links to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; as well as the effective prosecution of traffickers.
In her intervention, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN advocated for gender and age-sensitive, as well as exploitation type-specific responses by compliance with international humanitarian law, bringing the perpetrators to justice and ensuring greater accountability through international judicial and law enforcement cooperation. Ambassador Bogyay pointed out the importance of the protection of survivors, with a special focus on children, building on gender specificities. In Hungary’s view recent developments and growing forms of trafficking, such as sexual exploitation and modern slavery should be adequately addressed by the upcoming high-level event. The outcome document of the event in should build on the Sustainable Development Goals explicitly addressing human trafficking, including sex trafficking.
Ambassador Bogyay informed participants about the regional consultation workshop for Europe and Central Asia of Alliance 8.7 hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on June 29-30, jointly organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The workshop will offer stakeholders in the region the chance to identify priority actions to support the achievement of target 7 of Sustainable Development Goal 8 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and eliminate child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers.
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