UN / TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

27-Sep-2017 00:02:48
The United Nations General Assembly adopted today a new Political Declaration to fight trafficking in persons, during a high-level meeting in New York. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

27 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, GA podium
3. Med shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITES (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Poverty, human rights violations, food insecurity, and other vulnerabilities fend the flames of human trafficking. Financial benefits provide the oxygen. We must starve traffickers of benefits while addressing both the demand and supply side of the problem. For this, we need all hands-on deck. For what we in the United Nations call a multi-stakeholder approach.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As millions of children, women and men spill out of their countries towards safety, they find themselves at the mercy of merciless people. Thousands of people have died at sea, in deserts and detention centres, and at the hands of wretched traffickers.”
6. Wide shot, GA podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Too often, human traffickers operate with impunity, and receive much less attention than drug traffickers. This must change. I have seen many drug lords in jail – and rightly so. I have never seen a human trafficking lord in jail.”
8. Wide shot, Fedotov coming to podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
“The global plan of action to combat trafficking in persons remains a key stone in our collective action. This appraisal and the political declaration we are about to adopt can help to take this commitment forward and to sharpen responses to an odious crime that continues to exploit and victimize the most vulnerable in all parts of the world.”
10. Wide shot, Sorvino coming to podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mira Sorvino, actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador:
“I am so heartened to see this resolution adopted. But, I feel compelled to urge everyone in this room not to rest on that proclamation but to actually turn words into meaningful robust action, long overdue to these millions still waiting in torment.”
12. Med shot, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mira Sorvino, actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador:
“That the fruit we enjoy at our table of plenty may be picked by slaved hands or the young girls and boys we pass huddling on the shadowing side streets may be sexually trafficked is something to which we must no longer turn a blind eye. What is a modern definition of humanity’s purpose if not to strive harder to uplift all members of this global community to enjoy basic standards of human rights?”
14. Pan right, applause
STORYLINE
The United Nations General Assembly adopted today (27 Sep) a new Political Declaration to fight trafficking in persons, during a high-level meeting in New York.

General Assembly’s president Miroslav Lajčák called for “all hands on deck” in order to “starve traffickers of benefits while addressing both the demand and supply side of the problem.”

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said “too often, human traffickers operate with impunity, and receive much less attention than drug traffickers” adding also “ I have seen many drug lords in jail – and rightly so. I have never seen a human trafficking lord in jail.”

On 12 August 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Today’s resolution was an expression of a “ strong political will to take decisive concerted action to end this heinous crime, wherever it may occur.”

Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said “the global plan of action to combat trafficking in persons remains a key stone in our collective action. This appraisal and the political declaration we are about to adopt can help to take this commitment forward and to sharpen responses to an odious crime that continues to exploit and victimize the most vulnerable in all parts of the world.”

The UNODC Goodwill Ambassador as well as the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress Mira Sorvino urged attendees to the meeting “ to turn words into meaningful robust action, long overdue to these millions still waiting in torment.”

Sorvino said we must no longer turn a blind eye to the fact “that the fruit we enjoy at our table of plenty may be picked by slaved hands or the young girls and boys we pass huddling on the shadowing side streets may be sexually trafficked.”

She also asked “what is a modern definition of humanity’s purpose if not to strive harder to uplift all members of this global community to enjoy basic standards of human rights?”
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