UN.GIFT: Results on multi-stakeholder cooperation
One decade after the adoption of the of the United Nations Trafficking in Persons Protocol, Governments gathered in Vienna to address human trafficking and other serious crimes during the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime that took place from 18 to 22 October. During the session, UN.GIFT presented its key results to date during the side event Multi-stakeholder cooperation on trafficking in persons, chaired by representatives of UN.GIFT's Steering Committee.
Ms. Susu Thatun, Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF spoke about UN.GIFT's Expert Group Initiatives and their materialization into capacity development tools such as handbooks, guiding principles and training manuals. Andreas Halbach, Director of IOM Vienna, talked about UN.GIFT's Joint Programmes, currently under development in Bolivia-Argentina, Burundi-Rwanda, Central Asia and Serbia.
Beate Andrees from the Special Action Programme to Combat forced Labour of ILO addressed the results achieved on human trafficking through UN.GIFT's private sector partnerships. Narue Shiki programme officer from UN.GIFT and Mark Shaw Senior Manager of UN.GIFT/UNODC talked about the challenges of multi-stakeholder partnerships and highlighted the great areas of opportunity when establishing anti-human trafficking initiatives.
During the Conference, UNODC's Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice, Nicolas Cage inaugurated the UN.GIFT Photo Exhibition: Vulnerability, Exploitation and Action, a photo documentation on child trafficking by Alessandro Scotti. Additionally, UN.GIFT launched the VITA (Victim Assistance Translation) Tool and the UN.GIFT Catalogue.
The VITA is a tool that uses audio messages, that allows law enforcement officials to provide a basic level of assistance to victims of human trafficking. The CD and handbook were distributed as well as the CD-ROM and brochure of the Catalogue that features a collection of UN.GIFT's most relevant work to date. Both the VITA Tool and the UN.GIFT Catalogue are available on the UN.GIFT.HUB.