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Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Organs and Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal unodc

Essentials

  • Date: October 30 1:15 -2:30pm
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Side Event organized by the Mission of Belarus and Academic Council on the United Nations System together with UNODC
  • Highlight the importance of international collaborative efforts in fighting trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal
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Summary

At the 23rd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) the delegation of Belarus sponsored a resolution titled “Preventing and Co
mbating Trafficking in Human Organs and Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal” that was subsequently adopted by the Commission and co-sponsored by a number of delegations.
The resolution, essentially, mandates the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to conduct an extensive study on trafficking in human organs in cooperation with Member States and other interested stakeholders, and report back to the Commission on the findings in a two year’s time. The resolution, thus, represents a major step in fighting trafficking in human organs over the past decade, because the last major UN official report on the issue was prepared by the UNODC in 2006 as mandated by UN General Assembly resolution 59/156 “Preventing, combating and punishing trafficking in human organs”.

The purpose of the forthcoming side-event is to highlight the importance of international collaborative efforts in fighting trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal in light of the above CCPCJ resolution.

The panelists and participants may address, among others, the following questions:
• What is known about trafficking in human organs (causes, extent, routes, crime involvement)?
• What is trafficking in human organs given that there is no universally agreed definition of it?
• What is the relationship between trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal?
• What is transplant tourism?
• Is there a need for a universally binding instrument on trafficking in human organs?
• What other international tools related to fighting trafficking in human organs can countries use in order to develop appropriate national legislation?

If you would like to attend the event and require a UN security pass, please contact Ms. Larysa Belskaya, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations at:

Email: [email protected]

no later than the end of day (6pm) on 28th October.