Embassy of Botswana Attends Event Hosted By The United Nations Office For Drugs & Crime

Brussels (Belgium), Monday 24th April 2022: the Embassy of Botswana in Brussels participated in an event hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) where the 2022 Global Report on Trafficking of Persons was presented. The meeting was attended by different stakeholders including representatives from the EU, Diplomatic Missions, Civil Society organizations as well as Law enforcement agencies.

The purpose of the event was to present the 2022 Global Report on Trafficking of Persons as well as provide an overview of global trends and shed light on a shared problem with the aim to drive action against this crime. The event also provided a platform for stakeholders, policymakers and practitioners to share information, statistics and analysis of trends in order sharpen responses thereby enabling effective global solutions.

When presenting the report, Ms. Yatta Dakowah, Representative, UNODC Brussels Liaison Office, shared that the United Nations aims to support national authorities and coordinators through capacity building particularly in developing countries, to enable them to respond to trafficking threats as well to identify and protect victims and vulnerable persons. During the presentations, it was highlighted that United Nations Member States have an obligation to end the exploitation of vulnerable people, especially women and children.

The seventh UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons covers 141 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2017 and 2021. The findings are further informed by analysis of 800 court case summaries and accompanied by detailed suggestions to policy makers to help formulate effective responses.