Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
The Working Group on Children and Youth from the Ngo committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons recommends that Member States that anti trafficking legislation protects children and youth and that they be treated as victims and not as criminals.
It asks civil society to campaign for ratification and effective implementation of international legislation such as the Palermo Protocol and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It asks Business to be vigilant against the use of child labor in supply chains as well as monitoring suppliers’ implementation on the work floor.
Human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide water, food, education, health care, communication, and appropriate employment. Therefore, providing all people with adequate energy is a moral and ethical obligation for all.
Alternate energy resources must be expanded if we are to sustain human life – indeed all life – on Earth and reduce the number of people living in poverty. However, such development must be carried out in harmony with Earth’s natural boundaries, that is, acknowledging the limits of Earth’s resources and the need to restore our damaged environment while developing new energy sources that are sustainably renewable, non-contaminating, affordable for those most in need, and accessible to all. Long-range planning is essential to accomplish this at local, national, and global levels
(The Working Group for Sustainable Development and Integrity of Earth of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development . November 2013)