The Working Group on Trafficking is being held 27-29 January 2010 and the opening session is scheduled to start at 10:00.
Registration of all participants will take place on 27 January from 08:00-10:00 at Gate 1 at the Vienna International Centre.
The Pass Office opens at 08:00 and it is advisable to be early. Please remember to bring photo I.D.
Venue: Board Room B, 1st Floor, M building, Vienna International Centre
At its fourth session, held in Vienna from 8 to 17 October 2008, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime adopted decision 4/4. In that decision, the Conference decided to establish an open-ended interim working group to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate with regard to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
The Conference further decided that the working group should meet during the fifth session of the Conference and should hold at least one intersessional meeting before that session.
The first intersessional meeting of the working group was held in Vienna, Austria, from 14 to 15 April 2009.
The second working group meeting is to be held in Vienna, Austria from 27 to 29 January 2009 in Board Room B, 1st Floor, M building, Vienna International Centre.
Official documentation and further information is available here
Please also note the following information regarding side events to the Working Group.
Wednesday 27 January 2010, 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Boardroom B, M building
A panel composed of representatives of organizations having contributed to the inter-agency effort that led to the development of this practical policy development tool will present the International Framework for Action and how it is relevant to technical assistance work to combat trafficking in persons.
The panel, chaired by Ms Doris Buddenberg, Senior Manager, UNODC, will be composed of representatives from OHCHR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, the OAS and the OSCE. Representatives of other organizations having contributed to this effort will be present as well. The floor will then be open to the audience for questions and an interactive discussion.
Thursday 28 January 2010, 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Conference Room M2, M building
From 1pm to 2pm, the Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit will present the Global Programme against Trafficking in Persons and the new Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants, which support the effective implementation of both the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. UNODC field experts will be present to share their first-hand experience in various areas of intervention, including prevention and awareness- raising activities.
From 2pm to 3pm, UN.GIFT staff together with representatives of the UN.GIFT Steering Committee members (ILO, IOM, OHCHR, OSCE, UNICEF, UNODC), UNHCR and national representatives will provide information on UN.GIFT's portfolio of Joint Programmes. The Joint Programmes aim to address trafficking issues comprehensively by bringing the work of different agencies together in a coordinated framework and are currently under development in Serbia, Bolivia/Argentina, Burundi/Rwanda, Pakistan, Central Asia and Egypt.
The Secretariat's resource centre throughout the Working Group Meeting will be held in Room M0127 (immediately behind Board Room B, where the Working Group meets).
The resource centre will provide materials, practitioner-focused tools and other UNODC technical assistance resources developed to combat trafficking in persons. The Resource centre will be continually staffed by members of UNODC's Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit (AHTMSU), who can provide additional information, contacts and follow-up to any queries.