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OSCE hosts the 11th Annual Conference

20-21 June, 2011

Vienna, Austria

 

(OSCE) Only 4 days remain until the OSCE's 11 th annual conference for the "Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons" will begin. The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, is hosting the 11th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons on June 20-21 in Vienna, Austria.

 

The conference will address labour migration policy and anti-trafficking actions, codes of conduct, the role of workers and their  organizations, access to remedies and social inclusion of trafficked persons.  Several high-level speakers will address the event.

 

Social justice is a core element in the fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation and will be a main focus of conference. Protecting human rights and workers' rights is crucial to fight exploitation, including exploitation of migrant workers who are particularly vulnerable to trafficking.

 

The Alliance conference brings together more than 300 participants, including senior government officials, national anti-trafficking co-ordinators and rapporteurs, representatives from international and non-governmental  organizations, law enforcement agencies and trade unions, as well as  employers' organizations and migrants' rights groups.

 

Speakers at the conference include: Giammarinaro, Damien Green, the UK  Minister of State for Immigration, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia  Malmström, and Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee,  UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and Ignacio Ramonet, President of the  NGO Memoire des Luttes and Former Director of Le Monde Diplomatique France.

 

The full programme of the conference, including the full list of high-level speakers, is available on www.osce.org/cthb/78596 .

 

This year for the first time, parts of the conference will be streamed live on our website, please see: www.osce.org/event/alliance11/live .

 

For media advisory of the event please visit: www.osce.org/cthb/78662 , for PDF attachments or links to sources of further information, visit: www.osce.org/event/alliance11 .

 

Please spread the word and let me know whether you need any additional information.

Additional information for journalists:

 

All parts of the conference are open to the media. Journalists are invited to a press breakfast buffet from 8.15 -9.15 on Monday, 20 June 2011 at the  Hofburg Congress Centre's 5th floor cafeteria, with Giammarinaro, and several  high level speakers.


Journalists unable to attend the press breakfast are welcome to send questions to mailto:info-cthb@osce.org by Thursday, 16 June 2011. Selected questions will be answered during the press breakfast, a video of which will be uploaded to the site later on in the day, with answers and links to sources of further information made available at www.osce.org/event/alliance11 .