UNODC ROSA hosted the meeting of the Core Group of the Apparel and Garment Industry representatives at the UNODC office on 2 September, 2008, New Delhi. The Industry specific core group has been formed out of the Think Tank on Public Private Partnerships to Prevent and Combat Trafficking, which has been instituted by the Ministry of Women and Children,government of India, in collaboration with UNODC and International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as a follow up to the UN.GIFT initiative. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Manjula Krishnan, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Ms. Ashita Mittal, Officer-in-Charge UNODC (ROSA) made the opening remarks and welcomed all the members of the Core Group.
The major objective of the meeting was to finalize the plan of action that has to be implemented in collaboration with the Apparel and Garment Industry in India, focusing specifically on the prevention and rehabilitation aspects of human trafficking. The apparel and garment industry core group comprised of representatives from Okhla Garment and Textile Cluster, Apparel Export Promotion Council, GAP Inc., Impulse International, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Confederation of Indian Industry, Rashtray Mahila Kosh, UNODC, and IOM. The meeting also had representatives from Hand in Hand, an NGO, The Valaya Magic Foundation and The Welcome Heritage group.
The Garment Industry representatives agreed to collaborate with UNODC and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) to develop – ‘Guidelines for Monitoring Ethical Production Processes in the Garment Supply Chain’. Further, there are plans to support 10 pilot projects in the National capital region and Bihar for promoting sustainable livelihood through skills up-gradation and employability linked training for identified vulnerable groups. The Rashtriya Mahila Kosh would be the key partner in this endeavor. It was discussed that the infrastructure in existing shelter homes can be up-graded with private sector support. The Apparel Export Promotion Council (APEC) expressed its interest to support a National Awareness Campaign on Anti Human Trafficking. The core agreed that UNODC will develop a web-based information site for the Think Tank activities, within its existing website.