Regional anti-trafficking project UN-ACT launches in Beijing

17 Apr 2014

image“The Asia-Pacific records by far the highest rates of human trafficking in the world and within the region,” stated UNDP Country Director Christophe Bahuet. “Trafficking in persons in this area takes place for a wide range of purposes…all of which infringe on human rights and human dignity."

 

The new UN-led regional anti-trafficking project UN Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons, or UN-ACT, was launched in Beijing on 17 April 2014. UN-ACT aims to support policy and operational responses to human trafficking within the GMS or Greater-Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam), which features some of the most extensive and specific patterns of migration and human trafficking. Trafficking in persons in this area takes place for a wide range of purposes including forced labour, sexual exploitation, forced marriage and illegal adoption.

UN-ACT, in collaboration with GMS governments and civil society and with financial support from Norway and Sweden, will help respond to current and emerging problems relating to human trafficking in the region. It makes use of the COMMIT (Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking) process to fight trafficking through regional cooperation, knowledge-sharing, and accountability strengthening. The five-year project seeks to ensure that victims receive the services to which they are entitled and perpetrators are effectively punished for their crimes.

Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Country Director of UNDP China, delivered a speech to assembled government leaders and representatives from civil society and academia, noting the commitment of the UN system in China towards the project’s successful implementation and collectively fighting trafficking in persons.  

Click here to see a full transcript of Mr. Bahuet’s speech.