Regional Expert Group Meeting on Public-Private Partnership for Countering Trafficking in Persons (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean)

Objectives of the Regional Expert Group Meeting

The objectives of this two-day REGM include supporting a coordinated multi-stakeholder response to counter the trafficking of persons in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, which will also assist in the implementation of UNTOC and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol. The REGM aims to identify effective methods, lessons learnt and promising practices to combat human trafficking through the creation of PPPs. It will involve the exchange of experiences and expertise amongst participants, international and regional organizations.

DATES: 9-10 DECEMBER 2020

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  3 DECEMBER 2020

REGIONAL FOCUS: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

APPLICATIONS: https://bit.ly/2KNEOhU

The REGM will also contribute to the PPP Project’s overall aim of fostering strategic partnerships, which will facilitate the prevention of trafficking, prosecution of traffickers, as well as the protection of trafficking victims. It will do this by providing a structured and moderated platform that will enable interactive and engaging discussions between public entities, private entities and civil society. The REGM will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise to promote engagement with the private sector in order to address trafficking in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Additionally, it will seek to encourage the establishment of effective networks at the regional and global levels to counter this crime. 

The overall aim of this 2-day REGM is to exchange on how the private sector, governments and relevant civil society organisations and academics can work together to prevent and counter trafficking in persons, with the view to contribute to the successful implementation of UNTOC and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol.

The REGM will:

  • allow participants to analyse and explore relevant examples of PPPs and strategies to prevent and counter human trafficking, its trends, patterns and modus operandi, including push and pull factors, within the Mexican, Central American and Caribbean region;

  • identify needs and gaps to strengthen the capacity of the private sector to effectively support Member States in their implementation of the UNTOC and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol;

  • create stronger networks between public and private entities for the effective management of supply chains and prevention of human trafficking;

  • address the specificities of both public, private and civil society approaches to PPPs, as well as the challenges in countering TIP, in line with respective mandates, capacity and limitations.

REGM participants

Following a nomination and application process, the REGM will bring together PPP practitioners from origin, transit and destination countries within Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Whilst the REGM will be held in English, there will be simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish.

a) The Public Sector

National and international public agencies within this region of focus will be invited to nominate a maximum of two expert officials working in the area of PPPs designed to prevent trafficking or protect victims of trafficking.

Each agency is encouraged to give a preference to officials who can share good practices and concrete experiences of creating PPPs to counter trafficking in persons.

b) The Private Sector

Representatives from the private sector, particularly those working on corporate social responsibility, social performance, business and human rights, supply chain regulation and legal compliance - as their role relates to addressing human trafficking - will be invited to participate in the REGM to substantively discuss their experiences, best practice and expertise on PPPs to prevent and counter trafficking.

c) Civil Society and Academia

Civil society and academics with significant and concrete experience in creating or facilitating PPPs to prevent and counter human trafficking will be invited to share their views and insights of the same.

Selected experts of the REGM will be invited to prepare brief presentations relating to experiences, challenges, good practices and lessons learned on PPPs and their engagement to prevent and counter trafficking.

Ensuring gender balance is important for UNODC’s work. For this REGM, maximum efforts will be made to achieve balanced gender representation. All organisations and agencies are therefore encouraged to nominate female experts and participants whenever possible.

Contact

For more information and questions contact unodc-se4u@un.org.

Format and application process

This REGM will be held online and proceed in both the English and Spanish languages simultaneously.

Interested participants from the private sector, civil society and academia may apply to participate for the REGM at the following link: https://bit.ly/2KNEOhU. Government experts will be selected on the basis of nomination by their governments.

All attendees will be issued with a UNODC Certificate of Participation.