Uniting efforts in solving sharp problem
UN thanks Belarus for leadership in issues of struggling against human trafficking
By Anatoly Vetrov
UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, noted during his meeting with Belarus’ Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov special role of the Belarusian side in the issues of counteracting human trafficking.
The Belarusian representative spoke at the high-level session of the UN General Assembly on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. This event, organised upon the initiative of Belarus, aroused wide response worldwide. Mr. Rybakov noted at the session in the UN Headquarters in New York that in line with the Global Plan, once proposed by official Minsk, the Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was created. The Belarusian diplomat also informed international community that President Alexander Lukashenko adopted a decision to allocate the second contribution of our country — worth $50,000.
Mr. Rybakov has also met the Head of the UN Executive Office of the General Secretary and UN Under-Secretary-General, Susan Malkora, who noted that the UN Secretariat highly praises Belarus’ activity on the intentional arena dealing with human trafficking and passed down the words of gratitude from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Belarusian authorities for the organisation of this important international event under the UN aegis — the first of such high level and scale.