UNODC supports the elaboration of the new national action plan to combat trafficking in persons (2018-2022) in Mali

          
This workshop was organized thanks to the support from European Union, Mali, the Netherlands and the United States

Mali has been committed since 2010 to eradicating the phenomenon of trafficking in persons through several initiatives, including the adoption of a Decree in 2011 establishing the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Related Practices, the adoption of a in July 2012 on Combating Trafficking in Persons and Related Practices, and finally through the implementation of a three-year National  Action Plan (2015-2017).

At the end of this three-year plan, Mali decided to capitalize on its achievements and to keep the momentum through the elaboration of a five-year plan (2018-2022).

A workshop to finalize and validate this new National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons (2018-2022) was therefore held in Sikasso, Mali, from 25 to 29 June 2018. This new National Action Plan, adapted to Malian realities, was drafted and adopted at the end of the workshop by the National Coordination Committee for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Group photo of the participants

The new National Action Plan (2018-2022) is structured around four strategic axes in line with international standards to combat human trafficking: the prevention of trafficking in persons, the promotion of respect for and implementation of the law against trafficking in persons at all levels of the criminal justice chain, the protection and assistance to victims and the promotion of coordination and cooperation in combating trafficking in persons.

After the validation of the National Action Plan, the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices decided to create an autonomous agency to combat trafficking in persons, following recommendations from ECOWAS and the examples set by countries like Niger.

    

Mrs. Sandrine Gbialy Bigorra, UNODC international consultant, during the workshop

"The aim of the Committee is to become a National Agency to Combat Trafficking in Persons, without an Inter-Ministerial Committee. Everything must be done to ensure that two different structures do not manage human trafficking issues and hinder the effectiveness of our actions," said Mr Boubacar Touré, representing the Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Committee.

The recommendation creating the agency was adopted during the plenary session by the members of the National Coordination Committee for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices and is to be called "National Agency to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants - ANTP/TIM". The Agency's operating procedures will be defined by a decree, while a new law on combating trafficking in persons, currently being drafted, will include an article on its establishment.

This activity was organized by the National Coordination Committee for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Assimilated Practices, UNODC and IOM, thanks to the financial support of the European Union, Mali, the Netherlands and the United States. It contributes to the UNODC Regional Strategy against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (2015-2020) and is part of the strategic framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020).

For more information:

Regional Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

UNODC Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Sahel Programme