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Combating Human Trafficking : The Prince's Government Renews its Partnership with the UNODC

On 20 September, Ambassador Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs at the United Nations headquarters, signed a new Partnership Agreement in Vienna, the aim of which is to continue assisting victims of human trafficking in Senegal, especially with regard to children.

H.E. Ms. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UNODC and Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs at the United Nations headquarters. ©DR

The Prince's Government is particularly committed to protecting vulnerable children, and has been working in association with the UNODC on this issue since 2011.  This partnership has already made it possible to provide direct care for 200 victims and offer support with setting up a national anti-trafficking unit, as well as providing training for Senegalese judges and police officers in handling specific cases.  In Senegal, more than 100,000 children are forced to beg on a daily basis.

The aim of this third phase of the programme (2018-2020) is to further protect and assist victims, support the Senegalese State with its work in this field and raise awareness among the general public of existing protection measures and the risks incurred by the perpetrators of child trafficking.

From 2011 to 2020, the Prince's Government will have allocated more than one million euros to this programme, thus building a solid partnership with the UNODC.  It is continuing this work in close association with the Senegalese authorities, so as to act effectively as part of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT).

At this meeting, H.E. Ms. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï welcomed the renewed cooperation with the UNODC.  She pointed out that the programme supported by Monaco is one of the most practical projects in the field of child protection in Senegal.

Mr. Lemahieu thanked the Principality warmly for its firm and continued commitment to combating human trafficking in West Africa.

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