( OSCE ) - Authorities and civil society must co-operate tightly to be able to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, participants concluded at an OSCE-supported conference that ended today in
the Adjara region, western Georgia.
Regional law-enforcement authorities and civil society representatives discussed anti-trafficking experiences, lessons learned and new ways to co-operate during the two-day workshop.
"This meeting is part of the OSCE Mission's activities to support the development of a national referral mechanism for victims of trafficking in Georgia," said Guillaume Siemenski, Head of the Human Dimension Office in the OSCE Mission to Georgia.
The workshop was paid for by the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and organized by the OSCE Mission in co-operation with the non-governmental organizations Tanadgoma and the Centre for Human Rights Union "Article 42 of the Constitution".
United States never ratified that agreement and is not bound by it.
The Bush administration and some Democrats have argued that it would unfairly put heavy restraints on the U.S. economy while letting India, China, and other growing but less developed nations build their emerging industries on the increased use of highly polluting oil and coal.
The response of India and China, which are not G-8 members but will take part in some sessions, could be crucial to the outcome of the talks. A senior White House official said that China was expected to pass the United States in greenhouse gas emissions perhaps before the end of this year.
China and India ``are still very sensitive to . . . committing to long-term objectives,'' said the official, who spoke anonymously because he did not want to upstage the president. He said there would be a ``very intensive, very high-level'' international discussion in the next six months, but that ``trying to pull this off in 18 months will be Herculean.''