The Government of Monaco has renewed its partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a partnership that has been running since 2011.
Her Excellency Mrs. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to UNODC and Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division of Analysis Policy and Public Relations at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna signed a new Partnership Agreement to continue providing assistance to victims of trafficking in Senegal, including children.
Particularly committed to the protection of vulnerable children, the Prince’s Government has been working with UNODC since 2011 on this issue. This partnership has already enabled the direct care of 200 victims, support for the creation of a national anti-trafficking unit, and the training of Senegalese magistrates and police officers in the care of the victims. specific cases. In Senegal, more than 100,000 children are forced into forced begging on a daily basis.
This third phase of the program (2018-2020) aims to strengthen the protection and assistance of victims, to support the Senegalese State in its intervention and to mobilize the general public on the existing protection measures in this area and the risks to the perpetrators of child trafficking.
From 2011 to 2020, the Prince’s Government allocated more than one million euros to this program, building a strong partnership with UNODC. It is pursuing this work in close collaboration with the Senegalese authorities for effective action within the framework of the United Nations Global Initiative to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (UNGIF).
On this occasion, HE Mrs. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï welcomed the renewal of this cooperation with UNODC. She stressed that the program supported by Monaco is one of the most concrete projects in the field of child protection in Senegal.
Mr. Lemahieu warmly thanked the Principality for its firm and consistent commitment to the fight against human trafficking in West Africa.