Hollywood actress and UN anticrime agency launch grants facility for trafficking victims

8 March 2011The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its Goodwill Ambassador, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, today launched a new fund that will support groups working on the frontlines to assist the victims of human trafficking. The announcement of the Small Grants Facility for victims of human trafficking coincides with International Women’s Day, a symbolic move, according to UNODC, given that two-thirds of the victims of this $32 billion global industry are women and children.The Facility is part of the UNODC-managed UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, which provides humanitarian, legal and financial aid through established channels of assistance, such as governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.The UN estimates that more than 2.4 million people are currently being exploited after being trafficked by unscrupulous human smugglers. The Voluntary Trust Fund, launched last November, is an important element of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in July 2010.UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov highlighted the critical steps being taken in pushing an increased victim-centred approach to human trafficking as he addressed the launch event in London. “The launch of this Small Grants Facility is the first concrete step in rolling out the UN General Assembly’s Global Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons adopted in 2010. As a coordinated and comprehensive approach to end human trafficking in all its forms, the Trust Fund will make a real difference to the lives of those who need it most.”Ms. Sorvino stressed the need to prioritize responses to victims. “Through my work in various parts of the world I have seen with my own eyes the unspeakable pain trafficking victims go through: from girls stolen from their homes or sold by their own parents into sex work, to men enslaved and made to perform torturous labour, to children whose innocence and safety are ripped from them at the hands of adults whose only concern is their profitability. “As a victims’ advocate in the fight against human trafficking, I encourage each and every person to work together in tackling this crime: modern day slavery only exists because we tolerate it.”UNODC estimates that in Europe alone, trafficking is worth an annual $3 billion, with around 140,000 people trapped in a vicious cycle of violence, abuse and degradation across the continent. “Our fellow human beings are sold like goods – it’s time we renew our stance towards this terrible practice and work to beat this crime,” said Mr. Fedotov. read more

Mens Youth WCh Argentina 2011 Denmark takes Gold

Denmark is the winner of the IV Men’s Youth World Championship. In a dramatic final the Danish youngsters beat Spain 24:22 (13:17).The first half was played with an applied brake. Both teams acted nervously, in fact strong in defence, but with a lot of mistakes in offence. Also both goalkeepers were not in there best shape at that time. Only during the last ten minutes of the first half, the Spanish “Handball-Toreros” danced more and more throughout the Danish defence-wall and took a 17:13 lead after the first 30 minutes.At the beginning of the second half the Danish dynamite lit. The Scandinavians caught up to 17:17 tie after 40 minutes and also Spain fought and could increase again to a 19:17 and 20:18 advantage. But nevertheless, the powerful handball “made in Denmark” dominated and the North Europeans caught up for a second time. Spain got under pressure and the dramatic highlight still followed one minute before the end of this final game: Nicolai Sommer scored a 23:22 penalty for Denmark, the Spanish attack was defeated and the last goal for Denmark, scored by left back Theis Baagoe, was only a bonus. The Danish cheered their victory hilariously.It was the second gold medal for a Danish team; the Scandinavians also won in 2007 the II Youth World Championship in Bahrain. Gold was also the next great success for the Danish handball: Within the year 2011, the Danish men’s teams had competed in total three times at World Championships – and all three teams had reached the final. No other nation has ever achieved such an amazing result. In Mar del Plata, the literal translation of the name of the city means “Silver Sea”, the Scandinavians reached the gold medal, the best color of a medal. The men’s senior- and junior team had won Silver at the previous World Championships in 2011.For the talents from Spain this silver medal was the first medal ever in the history of Men’s Youth World Championships. Sweden won Bronze with a 28:24-victory against France.Even before the beginning of the final match, Marisa Vargas, member of the district government of Buenos Aires, thanked the organiser for their hard work. “The tournament was a highlight for Mar del Plata and the entire district”, Vargas said. About 45.000 spectators visited the 64 matches in the last 10 days.All Star Team:BEST LEFT  WING: Hugo DESCAT (FRA)BEST RIGHT WING: Mario SOSTARCIC (SLO)BEST PIVOT: Ignacio Plaza JIMENEZ (ESP)BEST LEFT BACK: Theis BAAGOE (DEN)BEST CENTER BACK: Aitor ARINO (ESP)BEST RIGHT BACK: Martin LARSEN (DEN)BEST GOALKEEPER: Nikola PORTNER (SUI)MVP: Jim GOTTFRIDSSSON (SWE)BEST SCORER: Jim GOTTFRIDSSSON (SWE) 58 GOALSMOST PROMISING PLAYER: Nicolai PEDERSEN (DEN)Final Standings:1 DEN (DENMARK)2 ESP (SPAIN)3 SWE (SWEDEN)4 FRA (FRANCE)5 EGY (EGYPT)6 SUI (SWITZERLAND)7 GER (GERMANY)8 CRO (CROATIA)9 SLO (SLOVENIA)10 ARG (ARGENTINA)11 KOR (KOREA)12 BRA (BRAZIL)13 RUS (RUSSIA)14 SRB (SERBIA)15 QAT (QATAR)16 CHI (CHILE)17 BRN (BAHRAIN)18 TUN (TUNISIA)19 GAB (GABON)20 NZL (NEW ZEALAND) ← Previous Story Stojanovic to be operated again? Next Story → F.C Barcelona Intesport wins “Doboj 2011” read more