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18 April 2024


Media briefing on the new UN strategy to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling

When: Monday, 22 April 2024 from 14:30 to 15:30, Vienna time (CEST)

Where: In person at the Vienna International Centre, UNIS media hub (C0225A) or

online – link will be shared upon registration.

Speaker: Ilias Chatzis, Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, UNODC

Short Summary: Human trafficking and migrant smuggling are multi-billion-dollar businesses that have changed dramatically in recent years, driven by global challenges such as war, massive migration and refugee flows, cybercrime, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, UNODC is launching a global Action against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling.

All journalists, including those accredited to the UN in Vienna, who plan to attend need to register before 12:00 noon CEST on Friday 19 April by submitting this online form.


Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #EndHumanTrafficking, #NotForSale and #DeadlyBusiness and follow @UNODC_HTMSS on X for updates.

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For further information, please contact:

Alejandra Silva
Public Information Officer
UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section
Email: alejandra.silvagarduno[at]

Christine Dierk
Associate Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna  
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4949 
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4040  
Email: dierk[at] 

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