Open-ended Interim Working Group on the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Vienna, Austria, 27 - 29 January 2010

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. It also decided that the working group should perform the following functions:

  1. Facilitate implementation of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol through the exchange of experience and practices between experts and practitioners in this area, including by contributing to the identification of weaknesses, gaps and challenges;
  2. Make recommendations to the Conference on how States parties can better implement the provisions of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol;
  3. Assist the Conference in providing guidance to its secretariat on its activities relating to the implementation of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol;
  4. Make recommendations to the Conference on how it can better coordinate with the various international bodies combating trafficking in persons with respect to implementing, supporting and promoting the Trafficking in Persons Protocol.

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.

Issues proposed for discussion in the provisional agenda include:

  • Analysis of key concepts of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol (i.a. art 14.2 of the Protocol)
  • Good practices and tools in discouraging the demand for exploitative service.
  • Non-punishment and non-prosecution of victims of trafficking: Administrative/Judicial approaches to offences committed in the process of trafficking.
  • Good practices and tools for case management, including front line law enforcement authorities in responding to trafficking in persons.

Opening session:

The opening session is scheduled to start at 10:00, on 27 January, in Board Room B, 1st floor, M-building, at the Vienna International Centre.

Registration:

Registration is to take place on 27 January from 08:00-10:00 at Gate 1 at the Vienna International Centre. Staff of the Secretariat will be seated at the registration desk directly to the right when entering Gate 1. Kindly proceed first to the Secretariat to be ticked off the list of participants, in order to simplify the process of keeping the list of participants at the meeting. Thereafter kindly proceed to the Pass Office, where VIC Security officers will take your photo and provide you with a badge for the duration of the meeting. Should you already have uploaded a photo through the link sent to you through our registration database, you should also proceed to the Pass Office and the VIC Security officers will print out the prepared badge for you.

Please bring along your ID, i.e. passport or similar. There may be more meetings on the same day, so you may have to queue up for a while. The Pass Office opens at 08:00 and it is advisable to be early. Should you be in Vienna already on 26 January, the Pass Office is open until 16:00.

Documents:

As part of the secretariat's efforts to reduce expenditure and support endeavours to limit environmental impact through the digitalization of conference materials and publications, documents will be available at the conference venue in limited number. Delegates are therefore kindly advised to bring their own copies of the documents.

Resource center:

Please note that UNODC will have a trafficking in persons resource centre immediately behind Board Room B for the duration of the Working Group meeting. The resource centre  will provide materials, practitioner-focused tools and other UNODC technical assistance resources developed to combat trafficking in persons. The centre will be continually staffed by staff of UNODC's Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit, who can provide additional information, contacts and follow-up to any queries.

Side events:

Wednesday 27 January 2010 - Boardroom B, M building, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m .

Vienna Launch of the International Framework for Action.

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 - Conference Room M2, M building, 1p.m. to 3 p.m.

Briefings on the technical assistance work of UNODC and UN.GIFT in the areas of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., 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 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 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.

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CU 2009/92

Note verbale on proposal of topics for agenda

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CU 2009/180

Note verbale invitation

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Information note for participants

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CTOC/COP/WG.4/2010/1

Provisional agenda and annotations

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CTOC/COP/WG.4/2010/2

Analysis of key concepts for the Trafficking in Persons Protocol

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Good practices and tools reducing the demand for exploitative service

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Non-punishment and non-prosecution of victims of trafficking. Administrative and judicial approaches to offences committed in the process of trafficking

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Good practices and tools for case management, including front line law enforcement authorities in responding to trafficking in persons

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CTOC/COP/WG.4/2010/6

Report on the meeting of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, 27-29 January 2010

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Other relevant documents:

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Report on the meeting of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, 14-15 April 2009

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Please also see related documents from the first meeting on the Working Group on Trafficking, 14-15 April 2009