Vienna, Austria – 7 June 2023 - The biannual GLO.ACT Project Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) provides partners with an opportunity to discuss project implementation, partnership coordination, decision-making processes, policy considerations, and synergies with other programmes and projects.
The 8th PSC took place online, and representatives from the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG-INTPA), the Directorate-General Migration, EU Home Affairs (DG Home), EU Country Delegations, the projects independent evaluator, and UNODC and IOM HQ and field colleagues were invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
Before delving into a general overview of the entire GLO.ACT project, Aimée Comrie, GLO.ACT Project Coordinator, presented on UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP), focusing facts, figures, patterns, and trends. Launching the general overview presentation of GLO.ACT, Ms Comrie emphasized that "the project is now at its peak implementation, and many positive results have been achieved in complex settings."
Camilla Hagstrom, Deputy Head of Migration and Forced Displacement at the European Commission's DG INTPA G6, expressed gratitude to Ms Comrie for reminding everyone of the reasons for providing support. She highlighted that "the update on the global report provides everyone with a fact check." In conclusion, Ms Hagstrom stated that "the EU is glad that we will continue to work on this issue globally" and once again affirmed the value of the partnership between the EU, UNODC, IOM under GLO.ACT.
Throughout the meeting, various colleagues from UNODC and IOM HQ, as well as all the field offices, updated participants on progress, results, challenges, and lessons learned regarding project implementation in all five partner countries. The meeting also provided the project's independent evaluator with an opportunity to outline the evaluation process.
Concluding the meeting, Serge Maraite, Project Manager at DG INTPA G6, expressed gratitude to all participants for their insightful and informative presentations.
Details about the next GLO.ACT PSC will be confirmed at a later date.
This project is funded by the European Union
The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants – Asia and the Middle East (GLO.ACT-Asia and the Middle East) is a four-year 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) in up to five countries: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan), Islamic Republic of Iran (I.R. of Iran), Republic of Iraq (Iraq), Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Pakistan). GLO.ACT-Bangladesh is a parallel initiative also financed by the EU and implemented with IOM.
The project builds on a global community of practice set in motion in GLO.ACT 2015-2019 and assists governmental authorities and civil society organizations in targeted, innovative, and demand-driven interventions: sustaining effective strategy and policy development, legislative review and harmonization, capability development, and regional and trans-regional cooperation. The project also provides direct assistance to victims of human trafficking and vulnerable migrants through the strengthening of identification, referral, and protection mechanisms. The project is fully committed to mainstreaming Human Rights and Gender Equality considerations across all of its activities.
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