On 23 June 2017, the UN General Assembly conducted an informal Interactive multi-stakeholder hearing for the review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) and UNODC, UN-NGLS facilitated a process for stakeholders to apply to attend this event, or to submit video statements to be considered for use during the hearings.
1) Apply to attend as an observer
Representatives of civil society organizations or academic institutions, and social entrepreneurs could apply to attend this event as observers by 18 June 2017.
2) Video statement submissions
The Office of the President of the General Assembly authorized UN-NGLS to invite submissions of video comments up to 2 minutes each for consideration for inclusion during the hearing. The deadline for submitting videos was 18 June 2017.
Audiences can be impacted more by video that conveys context. Free technology is available to send video files via smart phones and computers. Instructions for how to make and submit your video:
b) Please send video files of highest resolution possible up to 2 Gigabytes file size.
c) Please film in a location that shares something about your life or the issues you are concerned about.
d) Please say your name, organization name (if applicable) and then your brief comment. Please provide recommendations based on your experience and review of the Global Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
e) If you film with a phone or small camera, please keep it close to the person commenting so the audio will be good.
f) Videos longer than 2 minutes cannot be used - please respect this time limit.
3) United Nations Definition of Trafficking in Persons
Trafficking in Persons is defined as "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs." (Annex II, Article 3, pargraph a of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime)