Launch of the ICAT Overview Paper: The Next Decade - New York - 24 May 2012
In May 2012, an interactive dialogue and thematic discussion was held at the UN in New York. It was hosted by ICAT and co-sponsored by the Mission of Sweden, together with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). During this meeting, ICAT launched an overview paper: The Next Decade: Promoting Common Priorities and Greater Coherence in the Fight against Human Trafficking. The ICAT overview paper provides an introduction to five key issues related to human trafficking, serving as a basis for the five forthcoming issue papers.
In July 2011, in an effort to reinvigorate the structure, interested ICAT members, including ILO, Interpol, IOM, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, UNAIDS and UNODC met in Geneva on the margins of the 17th session of the Human Rights Council.
Launch of ICAT's Analytical Review - Vienna - 13 December 2010
In December 2010, ICAT launched a first joint publication detailing recommendations for coordinated future action to combat trafficking in persons. The publication, entitled An Analytical Review: 10 Years on from the Adoption of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol, is significant as it not only provides an overview of mandates and activities of all ICAT member organizations, but provides gap analysis within the various fields of work related to trafficking in persons undertaken over the last 10 years. The publication additionally offers recommendations for coordinated future action to combat trafficking in persons.
ICAT began in 2006, when the Government of Japan hosted a meeting of international organizations working to counter trafficking in persons, pursuant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 2006/27. The participating organizations, including ILO, IOM, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDAW, UNHCR and UNODC decided to continue the effort initiated, and proposed the creation of a coordination group. ICAT was formally established in 2007, pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 61/180.