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UN chief calls for coordination of efforts against human trafficking

English.news.cn   2013-05-14 03:54:25            

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday called for the coordination of efforts to combat human trafficking, urging the international community to contribute "generously" to the UN's relevant fund to help the victims.

While addressing the two-day high-level meetings of the General Assembly on improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons, Ban emphasized the risks of human trafficking.

"Human trafficking devastates individuals and undermines national economies. Billions of dollars are generated through exploitation and abuse. These black market funds support illegal drugs, corruption and other crimes," he told the meeting, which focused on four pillars, including preventing trafficking, prosecuting offenders, protecting victims and forming partnerships to fight trafficking.

Nearly one-third of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 were children, according to a report released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) citing data from 132 countries.

Ban called on the international community to contribute to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund to help victims, take back their lives and build new futures.

"I thank all those who have already donated and I urge others to give generously to this important Fund," he said.

"Human trafficking is a vicious chain that binds victims to criminals. We must break this chain with the force of human solidarity," Ban urged meeting participants.

In this effort, he noted, it is important to listen to the victims. The call of the victims for justice must be heard. "We will never succeed in preventing trafficking unless we end impunity," he said.

"To achieve justice, we need a strong foundation in the rule of law," Ban said. "This demands putting a stop to the corruption that pollutes so many transactions. We have to strengthen judicial systems and help governments earn the trust of their people."

In the remarks, Ban called for fully implementation of key anti- human trafficking treaties. Adopted in 2010, the UN's Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations' broader programs to boost development and strengthen security around the world.

The UN chief also noted the need to raise living standards overall through the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda that will continue and improve on the work of the MDGs after the target year is reached.

Editor: yan
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