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UN Group of Friends adopts declaration on global effort against human trafficking

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – Under Belarus’ initiative the Group of Friends, in its ministerial meeting, adopted a declaration On Global Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei chaired the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends united to combat trafficking in human beings. The interstate group coordinated by Belarus comprises 22 countries. Partaking in the meeting, apart from the foreign ministers of the Group of Friends member states, was UN Deputy Secretary General, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yuri Fedotov, UN Deputy Secretary General, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, Director General of the International Organization for Migration William Swing.

Speaking at the meeting, the Belarusian Foreign Minister stressed that efficient fight against human trafficking needs a comprehensive approach and better coordination of actions among all the partners. Vladimir Makei called upon the participants of the meeting to unite efforts and resources for eradication of trafficking in human beings, including in the scope of the forthcoming review of the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons. The participants of the meeting adopted Belarus-initiated declaration On Global Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking which outlined further joint steps of the Group of Friends and international organizations in this direction.

The Belarusian Foreign Minister also met with UN General Assembly Chairman Vuk Jeremic. Vladimir Makei stressed that the UN General Assembly has unique opportunities for elaborating and implementing global decisions. The minister emphasized the GA active role in the development and implementation of the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons adopted in 2010 following the initiative of the Republic of Belarus.

According to Vladimir Makei, Belarus aims for a constructive cooperation with all the partners in what regards the implementation of the decisions of the final document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development The Future We Want.

Vuk Jeremic expressed confidence that Belarus’ priorities in such important areas as sustainable development goals, cooperation in energy, as well as others will find wide support among the UN member states. The UN GA Chairman assured Belarus that he is determined to consolidate the UN GA leading role in the global fight against trafficking in persons and views Belarus as one of the most important partners in the area.

On 28 September Vladimir Makei took part in a high-level meeting on countering nuclear terrorism. The Foreign Minister of Belarus also held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Armenia, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Syria, Turkmenistan and Turkey.