GLO.ACT: Special Edition Newsletter

Written by GLO.ACT of UNODC

GLO.ACT: Special Edition Newsletter

GLO.ACT stands for Global Action and is a €11 million joint initiative between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) aimed at addressing the trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. GLO.ACT is a project being delivered by UNODC together with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

How does it work? GLO.ACT addresses Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) through six pillars:

Strategy and policy development: Here we work with countries to develop strategies and policies tailored to their national context.

Legislative assistance: Is all about ensuring that domestic legislative frameworks meet international standards for criminalizing TIP and SOM.

Capacity building: Here we work with governmental authorities to enhance the capacity and knowledge of criminal justice practitioners to combat TIP and SOM but also to protect victims and vulnerable migrants.

Regional and trans-regional cooperation: Is all about promoting cooperation and information exchange with law enforcement officials on the identification, investigation and prosecution of offences related to TIP and SOM.

Protection and assistance to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants: Here IOM works with civil society as well as government authorities to develop assistance and support programmes for victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants.

Assistance and support to children among victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants: Here UNICEF and IOM work with victim support services and relevant government authorities to develop frameworks for protection and assistance of children.

Outcomes… Apart from preventing and addressing TIP and SOM in each country, we also expect GLO.ACT to enhance the implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children and the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. Both protocols supplement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). We also anticipate that the project will have some bearing on the ability of the 13 selected countries to further develop their post-2015 UN Development Agenda. In fact, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda calls for an end to trafficking and violence against children, as well as the need for measures against human trafficking. This means that we now have an underpinning for the action needed under the provisions of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and its protocols on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling

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