|Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons|
Trafficking in persons is a prominent problem at the global level from which no country is immune. China strongly condemns trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and calls upon the international community to focus efforts on the following areas:
First, it is essential to comprehensively implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, promote economic and social development, work to eradicate poverty and uphold equity and justice, so as to eliminate the breeding ground for the crime of human trafficking.
Second, it is essential to establish and improve working mechanisms that are led by the government and ensure the participation of the whole society, to prevent and combat human trafficking and to provide relief and rehabilitation to the victims, so as to form a well-functioning society-wide management setup.
Third, it is essential to strengthen international cooperation in law enforcement, fully leverage the role of regional and sub-regional organizations, exchange intelligence and information, effectively conduct mutual assistance in criminal justice and severely punish perpetrators of human trafficking.
Fourth, it is essential to effectively safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the victims and work harder to provide them with rescue and relief, protection, rehabilitation and settlement, with the focus on helping them get reintegrated into families and societies.
Attaching great importance to combating human trafficking, the Chinese government has been implementing in earnest the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The Chinese government promulgated and started implementing in 2007 and 2013 respectively, the Plan of Action against Trafficking in Women and Children in China (2008-2012) and the Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons in China (2013-2020). In 2009, in a bid to refine the existing working mechanism featuring government leadership and broad-based social participation, an Inter-ministerial Joint Meeting System on Combating Human Trafficking consisting of 33 departments was established under the State Council of China, thus providing a solid systemic guarantee for preventing and combating trafficking in persons and assisting and protecting the victims.
Combating trafficking in persons is an urgent common task for the international community. China stands ready to work with other member states and make concerted efforts to comprehensively implement the UN Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, thus contributing to the harmony and shared progress of humankind.
Thank you, Madam President.