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Celebrating International Day of Peace through peaceful community integration

The theme of 2017 International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” This particular theme aims to promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants. This theme complements a broader UN campaign, “TOGETHER”, a global initiative that seeks to strengthen social cohesion between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.

ILO, Walk Free and IOM release the new Global Estimates on Modern Slavery

New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with IOM, has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.

Up to Three Quarters of Children and Youth Face Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking on Mediterranean Migration Routes

Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF said today (12/09) in a new report.

Vienna Hosts Thematic Session on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons towards a Global Compact for Migration

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing addressed high-level government and UN officials, practitioners, and civil society on 5th September 2017 at the UN Center in Vienna, calling on States to carry out their commitments to combat migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons. This provides an opportunity to debate and examine actions taken, as well as gaps in responses to the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

UN Migration Agency, Polaris to Launch Global Data Repository on Human Trafficking

Counter-trafficking specialists announced the pre-launch of the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) at the 5th Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consultations in Vienna. The CTDC is the result of a joint initiative led by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and Polaris, an independent organization combating modern slavery. Its online portal will consist of a global repository of data on human trafficking that protects the identities of victims, and uses a new international standard.

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