Tronie Helps Pass UN General Assembly Resolution 68/192

April 14, 2014 | The Tronie Foundation

On October 3, 2013 we had the privilege of addressing the United Nations General Assembly, gathered in New York City for their 68th session.  Our hope was to give voice to the continued plight of millions of enslaved people throughout the world, any by drawing attention to their suffering, bring hope for new ways to pursue their freedom.  One way to accomplish this is through the designation of a day being formally set aside in which the world recognizes these issues, and reminds the world of the need to protect the rights of victims of Trafficking in Persons.  This day will be a reminder to the world to promote and protect the rights of victims of Trafficking in Persons and reintegrate victims into the community, and by providing services for the physical, psychological and social recovery and rehabilitation of TIP.

We are pleased to report that this gathering was a tremendous success.  A resolution developed by Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, the United States, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was approved by the United Nations General Assembly to designate July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to be observed every year starting in 2014.

The resolution also invites all Member States, relevant agencies of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the World Day, and invited Member States to address the social, economic, cultural, political and other factors that make people vulnerable to trafficking in persons.  This includes factors such as poverty, unemployment, inequality, and humanitarian emergencies, including armed conflicts and natural disasters, sexual violence, gender discrimination and social exclusion and marginalization, as well as a culture of tolerance towards violence against women, youth and children.

The document also urged member States that have not yet done so to consider ratifying or acceding to, as a matter of priority, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, taking into consideration the central role of those instruments in the fight against trafficking in persons, and also urges States parties to those instruments to implement them fully and effectively.

On May 14, 2014 it was the one month anniversary of the abduction of over 200 girls and young women in Nigeria.  Therefore, as we continue to give a voice for the Nigerian girls, the Tronie Foundation officially began its global campaign to draw attention and raise awareness of human trafficking.  It is our hope advocates around the world will show their solidarity for not only the Nigerian girls but for victims of trafficking worldwide in the weeks leading up to the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to be observed on July 30, 2014.

As we stated in my presentation to the General Assembly, we call upon all of you to commit yourselves, both individually and within your communities, to create a world we know is possible: a world in which every person has the right to human dignity. Today we ask you to engage with us to take these concrete actions that will have a global impact and lead to permanent change.