The Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking, better known as the COMMIT Process, was established in 2004 at an inter-ministerial meeting between the 6 Greater Mekong Sub-region countries (GMS: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam), in recognition of the scale, severity and cross-border dimension of human trafficking in the GMS.
The COMMIT Process brings together government agencies, civil society, the United Nations and other international organizations as well as academia and the private sector for a more strategic, more coordinated and more collaborative response to human trafficking, both nationally and regionally. UN-ACT and its predecessor project, UNIAP, have functioned as the secretariat to COMMIT since the Process’ inception.
In early 2015, ministers of the COMMIT countries convened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Process and adopt a new Sub-Regional Plan of Action guiding its work over the next 4 years. This video is a documentation of the meeting as well as a reflection on 10 years of COMMIT through the eyes of many of the key actors involved in the Process.
UN-ACT was invited by the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights to address its hearing on ‘The fight against human trafficking in the EU’s external relations’.
The Project’s task was to outline the global human trafficking situation including numbers and patterns, and to highlight regional trends and particularities in Southeast Asia and the Greater Mekong-Sub-region.
Other presenters came from the ILO, La Strada International and the European Commission, and a Q&A session with EU Parliamentarians concluded the session.
The hearing can be watched at the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20150409IPR41273.
The session was 1.5 hours; UN-ACT’s contributions can be followed starting at 00:03:22 and again at 01:22:35.…