NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 20 – With shocking images and today’s statement of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Libya, the Un Security Council will meet tomorrow for the open debate on trafficking of persons. Human Trafficking is one of the priorities of the Italian mandate in the Un Security Council and this debate and resolution are very timely.
The meeting will be presided by the Italian Under Secretary of State for Foreign Relations and International Cooperation, Vincenzo Amendola.The briefers for the meeting are UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Mr. Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, and Mr. Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union.
Italy has proposed a draft resolution, now in blue, to be adopted during the open debate.The Resolution aims at furthering the work done by the Security Council on this issue, building upon PRST/2015/25 and especially upon S/RES/2331. Its rationale is to move from Resolution 2331, as a solid legal basis to address this scourge, and to focus more on some specific aspects related to its implementation with a view to strengthen the response and preparedness of Member States and of the United Nations system in preventing and countering trafficking in persons.