Symbol of hope at the ceremony in Vienna
By Victor Mishin
The contribution to the creation of a global partnership in the struggle against human trafficking was notable
The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, told how Belarus brought an especially significant contribution to the process of the creation of a global partnership in the struggle against human trafficking, as he spoke at the UN office in Vienna at the ceremony on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
The Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Belarus in Austria, Roman Romanovsky, also gave an address about the necessity of joint efforts between the international community, governments, international and non-governmental organisations, civil societies against human trafficking at national, regional and global levels, as well as the role and practical importance of the tools created during the realisation of the Global plan of the United Nations on the fight against human trafficking, including inter-institutional co-ordination group on the fight against human trafficking (ICAT) and the Trust fund of voluntary payments of the United Nations for victims of human trafficking.
As an expression of solidarity and support for victims of human trafficking, the choral festival of the world, under the direction of the director of the Vienna boys’ choir, who have united 650 children from different countries of the world, performed at the ceremony. At the end, on a central square of the office of the United Nations in Vienna, they held a ceremony of launching balloons in the form of blue hearts as a symbol of hope for the people who have suffered from human trafficking.