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UNODC thanks Italy for “generous donation” to UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

VIENNA,  OCTOBER 2 – Following the one million donation from the government of Italy to the UN Trust Fund for Victims of trafficking, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury  Fedotov expressed today “his warmest thanks to Italy  and the other countries who have so generously given money to the Fund”.

Mr.  Fedotov said: “Donations are the Trust Fund’s lifeblood. So far, they  have  helped thousands of victims around the world. We will now pour every  single cent of this new funding into helping the victims of today become  tomorrow’s survivors.” Fedotov  added that, although the funding was extremely welcome, the Trust Fund  remained  under-capitalized and needed additional contributions to support  trafficking  victims.  “I would invite other countries to come forward and  to  continue  this  positive  trend.  The  victims  desperately  need  our  support,” said Mr. Fedotov.

The  Trust Fund has helped victims in countries across the world to escape  the terrible experiences of the past and to begin new lives. In Nepal, the  survivor-led  organization  Shakti  Samuha, used Trust Fund aid to provide 600  survivors  with  vocational  training, counselling and legal support. Albania’s  Different  and Equal non-profit organization, with support from  the  Trust  Fund,  provided  300  women,  children  and men with temporary  accommodation, and medical and psychological assistance.

Most of the pledges, totalling nearly US$1.5 million, were made during the  high-level meeting at the UN General Assembly to assess the Global Plan of  Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons that established the UN Trust Fund  in 2010. In  his  own  speech  during  the  opening  of the high-level meeting, Mr. Fedotov  joined  the President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcák,  and  the  UN  Secretary-General António Guterres, in appealing for greater  support for the Trust Fund.

Aside  from  the  US$1  million pledged by the Italian government, Denmark  pledged  US$160,000,  and Sweden and the United Arab Emirates both pledged  US$100,000.  Other  pledges  were  made  by  Switzerland,  Qatar, Belarus,  Cyprus,  Austria,  Sri  Lanka,  Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Singapore and  Israel. (@OnuItalia)


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