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UNICEF to participate in international forum to end human trafficking

The UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement will host from 10-12 December a forum in Luxor, Egypt. The forum will mobilize civil society, government and business leaders to enforce the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection, Dr. Susan Bissell, and Mahmoud Kabil, Goodwill Ambassador to the Middle East and North Africa, will speak at the event as advocates for the protection of children and women from trafficking. End Human Trafficking Now!, a campaign that engages businesses in the effort to prevent trafficking, will be organizing panels for business leaders including a discussion on exploitative tourism.

The Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel and the Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Saturday, 11 December, 14:00 – 22:30
Sunday, 12 December, 10:00 – 21:30

Included among the speakers are:

  • H.E. Suzanne Mubarak, President, Women’s International Peace Movement
  • Dr. Susan Bissell, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection
  • Mr. Mahmoud Kabil, Actor, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Middle East and North Africa
  • Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Egypt Representative
  • Ms. Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Mr. Ronald Kenneth Noble, Secretary General, Interpol
  • Mr. Ashton Kutcher, Actor, founder of Demi and Ashton Foundation to End Human Trafficking

Addressing the root causes of trafficking is essential in order to succeed in the fight against trafficking. Trafficking deprives children of their childhood, exposes them to violence, sexual abuse and HIV infection, and violates their rights to grow up in a family environment, gain access to education and reach their potential. A coordinated approach is needed to prevent exploitation and abuse of children.

For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Fordham, UNICEF HQ NY,
Tel + 212-326-7162,




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