Hungary was one of the cosponsors of the working roundtable entitled “Preparing for 2017 Review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons: How to Bring Partners and Ideas Together?’ that took place at the UN on 5 December 2016.
The roundtable aimed at preparing for the 2017 Review of the Global Plan of Action was cosponsored by the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, the Permanent Missions of Austria, Hungary and Liechtenstein, and the ILO.
The objective of the event was to identify a pool of ideas that should be taken into account during the forthcoming review of Global Plan of Action adopted in 2010.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay spoke at the event and stressed that in her view the review process should be used primarily to align the Global Plan of Action with Agenda 2030. She said “Neither the review, nor the implementation of the Global Plan of Action should take place in a vacuum, but within the frameworks created by the Sustainable Development Goals”
According to the ambassador, during the review, special attention should be paid to the specific needs of women, children, religious and other minorities, as well as the needs of the victims.
“Since ILO, IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, the relevant Special Rapporteurs and Special Representatives, and other UN entities all play crucial roles in the areas just mentioned, the relevance of the activities carried out by these actors – in addition to those by the UNODC – will need to recognized in the final outcome document and their more active involvement and participation in the review process would be desirable”, she added.
As proposed by the Hungarian ambassador, the review should also provide an opportunity to reflect on questions such as how the number of ratifications of key legal instruments could be increased and how their effective implementation could be ensured. She expressed her concern that while ensuring accountability for these crimes is essential, the number of prosecutions remains shockingly low.
In her closing, the ambassador encouraged the ILO, UNODC and other actors to further strengthen and broaden their collaboration in order to ensure that the data regarding trafficking in persons, forced labour and other forms of modern slavery is “as precise, complete and comprehensive data as possible”.