UNODC-supported first forum of civil society organizations on addressing trafficking in persons held in Bishkek

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BISHKEK, MAY 30, 2017 The forum, held for the first time, serves as a discussion platform for representatives of 41 civil society organizations from seven provinces of the Kyrgyz Republic working on prevention of trafficking in persons.

The event is being hosted by non-government organization “El Аgartuu” in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT), which is financed by the European Union (EU). The forum is the first event implemented as part of the GLO.ACT in the Kyrgyz Republic, which is being officially launched in Bishkek on 31 May 2017.

“Our organization has been working in the field of prevention of human trafficking for over 10 years. There is currently a pressing need for joint civil society action given that its involvement is an essential component of comprehensive approach to address trafficking in persons”, says Ms. Nurjan Tulegabylova, Director of “El Agartuu” non-government organization, one of the initiators of the forum.

“Civil society is an important strategic partner in the process of policy making aimed at preventing human trafficking”, notes Mr. Almazbek Asanbayev, Deputy Chairperson of the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. “We hope that this forum will enable the civil society and governmental bodies to join their efforts to ensure successful implementation of the new 2017-2020 National Action Plan on Countering Trafficking in Persons of the Kyrgyz Republic”.

Participants of the forum emphasized that numerous initiatives and activities aimed at preventing human trafficking, especially awareness-raising events organized by civil society organizations, have been essential in promoting more active Government engagement in this area, as well as raising awareness of the general population and vulnerable groups. Civil society representatives are often the first point of contact for human trafficking victims. The ultimate goal of this forum is therefore to establish a unified platform to coordinate activities of civil society organizations in the field of prevention of human trafficking, as well as implementation of relevant parts of the new 2017-2020 National Action Plan on Countering Trafficking in Persons of the Kyrgyz Republic.  

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's     Fund (UNICEF) and reaches thirteen countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. GLO.ACT works with the 13 countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach.

For more information, visit GLO.ACT website: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/glo-act/index.html or email: glo.act@unodc.org

Follow GLO.ACT on Twitter: @glo_act.

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