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PACE President to meet Ban Ki-Moon in New York

Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 11 March. Their talks will focus primarily on the situation in Ukraine as well as on issues such as extremism and intolerance.

On the day before, she will speak at a side event on the occasion of the 58th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. This side-event, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN, will focus on the added value of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

On the eve of International Women's Day (8 March), Anne Brasseur said: “Trafficking in human beings is a modern form of slavery and one of the worst forms of violation of human rights. It affects disproportionately women and girls, not only when we talk about sexual exploitation but also in terms of the much hidden exploitation of domestic workers.”

During her visit to New York, the PACE President is also due to hold bilateral meetings alongside the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, in particular with Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister for Women’s Rights; Neila Chaabane, Tunisian Secretary of State for Women and Family; Bassima Hakkaoui, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.

During her stay, Ms Brasseur will also meet with ambassadors of PACE member states, observers and partners. A visit to the headquarters of the Alliance of Civilisations is also planned.