The Vienna Forum to fight Human Trafficking

The Vienna Forum was organized around three central themes reflecting the key issues that need to be addressed in an anti-human trafficking strategy: vulnerability, impact and action.

February, 2008 —

Austria, Vienna

Client — UNODC / UN.GIFT

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Overview

Over 1,600 senior government officials, delegates from Member States, business leaders, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, United Nations and international and regional organizations, activists, and trafficking victims from over 116 countries participated in the Vienna Forum, which provided a platform for a new campaign of coordinated action to tackle trafficking in persons. Additionally, 150 journalists were accredited for the Forum.
Twenty-eight panels, workshops, special sessions and side events explored the themes of the Vienna Forum and offered an opportunity for dialogue between participants. Special exhibits held throughout the City of Vienna, including “The Journey” (which received over 5,000 visitors during its five-day stay), a photo exhibit, cartoon competition and film forum, raised the visibility of the issue of trafficking in persons among the public.

 

Highlights

  • Unique that such an event has been conceive bei UNODC
  • Emma Thomson’s exhibition that graphically depicted the terrifying ordeal of a woman sold into the sex trade, which was open to the public.

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