The Conference, entitled “Ending Human Trafficking by 2030: The Role of Global Partnerships in Eradicating Modern Slavery,” was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

12933159_1044781672247427_9151569680839664898_nArchbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, said that the purpose of the event is to “catalyze the coordination necessary to implement Targets 5.2, 8.7 and 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which commit the United Nations and its Member States to ‘eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation,’ ‘take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking,’ and ‘end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children’ by 2030.” 

Archbishop Auza mentioned that Pope Francis, in his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Peace in 2015, highlight that now is the time for urgent, concerted and coordinated efforts.

“We are facing a global phenomenon that exceeds the competence of any one community or country,” the Pope decelerated in the Message. “In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself.”

Taken from: Holy See Mission to Host Major Event Against Human Trafficking on April 7 . Click the link for more.

Sr. Imelda Poole, IVBM, President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, was part of the second panel that were focused on describing the scope of the triple scourge of human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labor.

Below you will find the video to the speech presented by Imelda Poole, IBVM:

To hear all presentations click the following link:

http://webtv.un.org/watch/ending-human-trafficking-by-2030-the-role-of-global-partnerships-in-eradicating-modern-slavery/4837421498001