6 th EU-UNODC project steering committee meeting held in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium - 22 November 2018 - On 20 November 2018, UNODC, IOM and UNICEF - the three implementing agencies for  GLO.ACT - participated in the 6  th EU-UNODC project steering committee meeting held in Brussels, Belgium. Participating in the steering committee were European Commission (EC) representatives from the Directorate-General, International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs (DG Home), the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU Country Delegations, as well as UNODC, IOM and UNICEF staff.

The 6  th EU-UNODC project steering committee provided the three project implementing agencies with the opportunity to update EU colleagues on the progress made in terms of project implementation, project results and implementation issues/challenges. During the meeting GLO.ACT National Project Officers provided country updates, explained the type of activities that have been delivered in line with project objectives, and outlined the outputs and the outcomes achieved to date. National Project Officers also presented on what lies ahead in term of implementation during 2019. The project steering committee meeting concluded after all country presentations were delivered, and a brief discussion on next steps was held with the project implementing agencies.

Attending the project steering committee meeting also provided the opportunity for UNODC HQ staff to meet with colleagues from the UNODC Office in Brussels, which is a liaison office to the European Union and its institutions. Ms. Yatta Dakowah, UNODC Representative opened the project steering committee by providing insights and feedback on up-coming policy priorities following the EU/UNODC senior officials meeting (SOM) held on 8 November 2018 in Brussels. During her speech Ms. Dakowh highlighted the commitment taken by EU-UNODC officials at the SOM to strengthen the strategic direction for a better focused and prioritised future UNODC-EU cooperation. The liaison office continues to provide invaluable support to GLO.ACT's project management team.

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). GLO.ACT aims to provide assistance to governmental authorities and civil society organizations across 13 strategically selected countries: Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine. It supports the development of more effective responses to trafficking and smuggling, including providing assistance to victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants through the strengthening of identification, referral, and direct support mechanisms. 

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Email: glo.act@un.org   

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