On July 30, 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus hosted briefing commemorating the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Mission of the International Organisation for Migration in Belarus.
Background: the World Day against Trafficking in Persons was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly at the proposal of Belarus in 2013 to raise awareness of the situation of victims of trafficking in human beings and to promote and protect their rights.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, addressed the participants of the briefing with a welcoming speech.
A.Dapkiunas defined the World Day against Trafficking in Persons as an occasion for realizing how much more the world community can do to erase this horrible crime from the life of modern society once and for all.
In the list of the main steps taken by Belarus over the past year at the international arena, the Deputy Minister mentioned the UN General Assembly resolution Improving the Coordination of Efforts against Trafficking in Persons, the thematic dialogue at the UN headquarters Trade in Minors in the Digital Age: Waking Up the World to the Dire Need to Stop Trafficking in Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Including Via the Internet, a resolution of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice aiming at prevention of human trafficking using technological means.
The Belarusian diplomat noted the high level of cooperation in Belarus of all national and international partners involved in anti-trafficking work.
A.Dapkiunas expressed the opinion that success in the fight against human trafficking will come not through competition of states and international structures, but through sincere and benevolent cooperation built on mutual respect and trust of all partners.
During the event, representatives of the state bodies, international organizations, business circles informed about their participation in combating trafficking in human beings, problems and challenges in this work.