Vienna, 17 July 2014 - Following today's meeting with the Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, I would like to express my deep appreciation for his sincere support of UNODC's work in the areas of illicit drugs, organized crime, anti-corruption and terrorism.
Austrian backing was especially welcome in the field of human trafficking where Benita Ferrero-Waldner's appointment as chair of the UN Trust Fund for the victims of this organized crime will help build support for the fund. Since its creation, the Trust Fund has supported 11 grassroots organizations to assist the many victims of this modern form of slavery.
Countries, international organisations and civil society, on 30th July, will come together for the inaugural World Day against Trafficking in Persons. A UNODC trafficking event, on the same day, will be held at the Vienna International Centre as part of its campaign: Have a Heart for Victims of Human Trafficking.
Today's meeting also takes place ahead of Austrian and UN celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre (VIC), an enduring symbol of the country's commitment to the UN and its multilateral efforts. As part of the joint celebrations, on Friday, 15th August, an Austrian holiday, the VIC will offer free guided tours and an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Vienna-based UN organizations.
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