UNODC Paraguay presents details Global Report issue in bilateral meeting with Colombia

Asunción, 19 March 2015 - During two days of work, Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March, at the Palace Benigno López, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, were held the I Bilateral Meeting Colombia - Paraguay for the operationalization of the Memorandum of understanding the prevention and investigation of the crime of human trafficking and assistance and protection to victims, which was attended by a delegation of Colombian representation and provided the framework for the presentation of the "Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014" prepared by UNODC.

 The opening ceremony was chaired by Ambassador Julio Arriola, Vice Minister of Administration and Technical Affairs of the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay; and, Carlos Roberto Ferro, Vice Minister of Interior of Colombia, representing the Presidency and the Technical Secretariat of the Inter-Agency Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons of the country.

Both officials agreed on the importance of this meeting as reaffirms and demonstrates the political will of the two governments to combat the crime of human trafficking, defining cooperation activities in the broader levels for prevention and victim assistance.


In seeking to enhance synergies between Regional Offices, the Office of Paraguay (POPRY), following the request for support from the Office of Colombia (COCOL), attended the opening day with the socialization of the main results of the "Global Report on 2014 Trafficking in Persons" under the paper called "The phenomenon of human trafficking globally and the impact of crime in the region".

The exhibition was cited by the Expert on Governance of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Paraguay, Paola Vaccotti, who shared global figures and comparative data of the phenomenon in that period.

The audience was composed of technical representatives of various state institutions of both countries who develop operational tasks on trafficking, allowing the exchange of information and experiences and conducting in-depth questions about the reported results.

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