GA adopts global plan of action to combat human trafficking
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 19:56



On 31 August 2010, a high-level meeting of the General Assembly launched the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The plan was adopted by the Assembly in a consensus resolution (64/293) on 30 June 2010, following broad consultations with Member States that were led by facilitators from Portugal and Cape Verde. Key elements of the plan include the creation of a voluntary fund to protect and assist victims, its emphasis on prosecuting perpetrators, and its promotion of stronger, more cooperative partnerships between States, civil society and the private sector. Although all States welcomed the plan of action, some alluded to the 'difficult' debates that had arisen in the negotiations. These centred around concerns, mostly from Western States, that the plan's voluntary nature would undermine enforcement of existing legally-binding instruments, which they regarded as the 'cornerstone' of anti-trafficking efforts.

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