Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 March 2010

Nigeria / IOM, AU, ECOWAS and UNODC Joint Launch of Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking





Nigeria / IOM, AU, ECOWAS and UNODC Joint Launch of Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking



ABUJA, Nigeria, March 23, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Press Briefing Notes

The International Organization for Migration is joining the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to launch the Ouagadougou Action Plan for AU Member States, through a workshop March 24-26, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Ouagadougou Action Plan is a cornerstone of the AU Counter trafficking campaign AU.Commit and specifically calls on Member States to harmonize proposed and existing anti-trafficking legislation.

The Action Plan recognizes a special consultative role for IOM and other relevant partners in assisting Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as ECOWAS in putting the Action Plan into practice.  
IOM is assisting in this effort through joint workshops promoting the Action Plan among the Regional Economic Communities and discussing mechanisms for member states to address trafficking in persons in a more strategic and programmatic manner.  

The workshop in Abuja is the official launch for the Ouagadougou Action Plan in the ECOWAS Region as well at the AU level. IOM will participate in a similar event to be organized with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC), later in the year.
The workshops are part of the “Stop Trafficking Campaign – Operationalizing the Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, Especially Women and Children” project funded by the Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration of the US State Department.

More than 50 officials and experts from ECOWAS and other Regional Economic Committees, UN agencies, civil society organizations and international partners dealing with migration and development, will participate in the March 24-26 workshop. It is hoped that the workshop and campaign launch in the Region will help establish counter-trafficking efforts as a priority on the development agenda of the ECOWAS member states.  


International Office of Migration (IOM)


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