Ministers welcome UNODC assistance in establishing a reporting system on migrant smuggling
Bali (Indonesia), 5 April 2011 - The smuggling of migrants from, through and within the Bali Process regions remains a major challenge as Ministers emphasised at the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, which took place in Bali, Indonesia, on 30 March 2011.
The Bali Process is an inter-governmental dialogue on migrant smuggling and human trafficking covering mainly West, South, South East Asia and East Asia as well as the Pacific.
Having discussed and agreed upon a number of initiatives to better address migrant smuggling, Ministers also "agreed to strengthen engagement on information and intelligence sharing underscoring the high value and utility that would derive from enhanced information sharing. In this regard, Ministers welcomed assistance from UNODC in establishing a voluntary reporting system on migrant smuggling and related conduct in support of the Bali Process" (Co-Chairs' Statement).
As the custodian of the United Nations Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated to promote global adherence to the protocol and assist states in implementing it.
Against this backdrop, UNODC carries out various projects to improve evidence-based knowledge on migrant smuggling as pre-requisite to the development of effective policies to address migrant smuggling in a comprehensive way.
One of these projects is currently establishing a voluntary reporting system on migrant smuggling and a regional Coordination and Analysis Unit (CAU). The project's overall objective is to better inform effective policy development and implementation of adequate counter-measures to prevent and combat migrant smuggling in a comprehensive and consistent way. Therefore, the CAU will produce regular reports providing strategic information on migrant smuggling within, through, from and to South-East Asia and East Asia. States are supposed to regularly report relevant data to UNODC.
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