Azerbaijan to be represented at int'l human trafficking conference
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 28 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan will be represented at an international conference dedicated to combating human trafficking to be held Dec.10-12 in the Egyptian city of Luxor.
The conference is being organized under the patronage of Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak and is expected to be attended by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, heads of states and government, and the first ladies of a number of countries, a member of the YES Azerbaijan Advisory Group, Rovshan Muradov, told Trend on Tuesday.
The campaign "Let's End Human Trafficking" started in Azerbaijan in 2009 on the initiative of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children's Affairs with the support of YES Azerbaijan and Azercell Telecom.
As part of the campaign the former First Lady of Poland Jolanta Kwaśniewska, Belgian Senate Honorary Chairman Anne-Marie Lizin, advisor to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan Ismail Serageldin, and former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga have visited Azerbaijan.
YES (Youth Employment System) was established in 2002 on the initiative of Suzanne Mubarak and former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Its first conference was held in 2002 in Egypt.
Under a resolution adopted at the meeting in Egypt, the organization will operate for 10 years and hold meetings every two years. The fourth summit was held in 2008 in Baku with the support of Azerbaijani Government under the chairmanship of Mubarak and Azerbaijani First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.
The next summit is scheduled to take place in the Swedish city of Dalarna under the chairmanship of Vike-Freiberga, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and the Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Ismail Serageldin.
YES has 55 offices worldwide. Azerbaijan is represented both in the regional leadership and International Advisory Group.
The friendship group of YES Azerbaijan includes Mubarak, Serageldin, Lizin, Vike-Freiburga, Robinson, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis and former Costa Rican President José María Hipólito Figueres Ferrer.