Marking UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) are co-hosting a whole-of-government event on Thursday 4 August to mark UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which takes place annually on 30 July. The event will follow the Senior Officials Meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery (SOM), to be held at AGD on the morning of Thursday 4 August. The World Day event will consist of an expert Q&A on the topic of How can government, business and civil society work together to more effectively combat human trafficking, followed by a networking afternoon tea.
The event is an important opportunity for DFAT and AGD to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in the human trafficking space, and to promote our work under the whole-of-government International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery and the domestic National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19 [PDF]. The event also links to priorities identified by the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (the Bali Process), including exploring how government can collaborate and cooperate with business and civil society more effectively. Australia as Co-Chair of the Bali Process has an important role to play in strengthening regional cooperation and dialogue on these issues.
While World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is an annual international day of observance, this is the first time the Australian Government has organised an event to commemorate the day. The launch of the International Strategy earlier this year heralded a stronger focus on trafficking and slavery. This event will build on the momentum of important work being done in the trafficking and slavery space by the Australian Government and partners.