10th thematic Seminar of Regional integration « Trafficking in Persons in Southern Africa: regional challenges and national responses » [fr]
In the framework of its cooperation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Embassy of France to Botswana, Special Representation to SADC, has been holding, twice a year since 2009, a series of high level seminars on regional integration topics. The 10th edition, organized in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat, and with the support of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, the IOM, the UNODC and the University of Botswana Foundation, took place on the 2nd December 2013 and dealt with “Trafficking in Persons in Southern Africa: regional challenges and national responses”.
Besides experts from various regional and international organizations (SADC, IOM, UNODC, UNICEF, Interpol), from the Government of Botswana, from civil society organizations, and from Universities (South Africa and Botswana), the seminar was officially opened by H.E. Mrs Anne de la Blache, Ambassador of France to Botswana, Special Representative to SADC, together with H.E Sir Ketumile Masire, former President of the Republic of Botswana and Patron of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation.
The objective of this seminar was to provide background information on human trafficking as well as on international, regional and national instruments to combat trafficking in persons. The seminar was also aiming at raising awareness and encouraging dialogue between different stakeholders engaged in the fight against human trafficking: representatives of governments, of the SADC, of international organizations and of civil society organizations.
After the official opening session which provided essential background information on the main questions arising at a global and regional level, the seminar was organized around three main pillars: global trends and regional responses, protection of victims, and human trafficking in Botswana. A Youth Dialogue Session also took place in the evening. The presentations and discussions all generated strong interest among the participants.