UN.GIFT is a multi-stakeholder initiative providing global access to expertise, knowledge and innovative partnerships to combat human trafficking.
Human trafficking equates to the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour: modern-day slavery. This affects men, women and the most innocent of all victims - children.
UN.GIFT works with all stakeholders - governments, business, academia, NGOs, civil society and the media - to support each other's work, create new partnerships and develop effective tools to fight human trafficking.
The initiative is based on a simple principle: human trafficking is a crime of such magnitude and atrocity that it cannot be dealt with successfully by government alone. This global problem requires an international, multi-stakeholder strategy that builds on national efforts throughout the world. To pave the way for this strategy, stakeholders and partners coordinate efforts already underway, increase knowledge and awareness, provide technical assistance; promote effective rights-based responses; build capacity of state and non-state stakeholders; foster partnerships for joint action; and above all, ensure that everybody takes responsibility for this fight.
Justice and Human Rights feature predominantly in the OSMTH Brussels Declaration, which serves as the Order's Mission. A number of OSMTH members are Law Enforcement, Justice and Rule of Law practitioners, some of whom are Subject Matters Experts in the field of Transnational Organised Crime and Trafficking issues.
However, to fully explore the potential of the OSMTH-UN.GIFT affiliation and make it relevant and accessible to all our members two UN.GIFT Officer from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) addressed the open session of the Spring Grand Magistral Council Meeting in Mechelen, Belgium (April 2011). The presentation was nothing less than inspiring, resulting in multiple initiatives in the private and public sectors, and the development of further relationships with specialist NGOs in this field.
Beyond that the OSMTH-UN.GIFT affiliation is approached from two angles:
- through OSMTH, as an I-NGO, supplying Subject Matters Experts as delegates, facilitators and advisors;
- our greater membership - many of whom are also members of the Private and Business Sector.
Our task: awareness raising and facilitation.
For further information on how you can become involved contact:
For specific information on initiatives within the Private Business Sector contact:
La Strada International
Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women