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Forum in Doha urges to join forces to fight human trafficking


The Second Doha Forum for Combating Human Trafficking took place in Qatar earlier this month, organized in co-operation between the Qatari Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking, the Arab League and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). More than 300 experts and authorities gathered in Doha to exchange views and build partnerships for regional action against human trafficking.


The Forum marked the launch of the Arab Initiative to Build National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking, adopted during the Doha Foundation Forum 2010. The Arab Initiative aims to build national capacities for the 22 Arab League States to effectively prevent and combat human trafficking.


"Coordination and co-operation are absolutely necessary in the fight against trafficking. Partnerships are not an option but an imperative need to develop an effective and coherent response to trafficking," said Sandra Kozeschnik of UN.GIFT who was there to share UN.GIFT's experiences in building multi-stakeholder partnerships through inter-agency work.


Participants also called on government action to implement the Arab Initiative and stressed the role of the media in creating awareness against human trafficking. The two day forum concluded in Doha on January 17.


The Secretary-General said he was confident that collaboration among all partners would strengthen the progress made towards lasting peace and security in the sub-region.


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