GLO.ACT

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants 

 

Project duration: July 2015 - July 2019  

EC Contribution: €10.000.000

Total Project Budget: €11.000.000

Location:  Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine

Implementing Partners: 

 

  UNODC          IOM          UNICEF

 

Project

GLO.ACT - The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

 

Location of the action

GLO.ACT is being implemented in 13 strategically selected countries: Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine. 

 

Aims and Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to prevent and address Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the Smuggling of Migrants (SOM). GLO.ACT works with the 13 selected target countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach. We believe such an approach is best suited when addressing not only weaknesses in any criminal justice system but also when ensuring that adequate assistance and support programmes are put in place for victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants.

The project is expected to enhance the implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children and the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. Both protocols supplement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The project is also expected to contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016 and the European Commission's strategy to fight migrant smuggling, including enhanced cooperation and dialogue with priority third countries of transit and origin. The project builds upon the results and lessons learned in implementing the EU funded project (Agreement DCI-MIGR/2008/165-055) on "Promoting the implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, and the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime" (GLOT55).

We also anticipate that the project will have some bearing on the ability of the 13 selected countries to further develop their post-2015 UN Development Agenda. In fact, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda calls for an end to trafficking and violence against children, as well as the need for measures against human trafficking. This means that we now have an underpinning for the action needed under the provisions of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and its protocols on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. 

The project is being implemented in close synergy with implementing partners, IOM and UNICEF, as well as in close coordination with civil society organizations through the disbursement of grants for direct assistance to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, especially children. The intervention is also being carried out in full coordination with UNODC's Global Programme against Trafficking in Persons (GLOT59) and UNODC's Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants (GLOT92) as well as, where relevant, with other UNODC country and regional programmes implemented in beneficiary countries.

 

News & events

Periodical updates on key project events and news highlights on the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants in Vienna  here

 

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UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section

Ilias Chatzis

Chief of Section

email:  ilias.chatzis@un.org

 

Euridice Marquez

Project Coordinator

email:  euridice.marquez@un.org