A/RES/70/179 United Nations Distr.: General 16 February 2016 General Assembly Seventieth session Agenda item 106 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 17 December 2015 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/70/490)] 70/179. Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons The General Assembly, Reiterating its strong condemnation of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, which constitutes an offence and a serious threat to human dignity and physical integrity, human rights and development, Reiterating its concern that, despite sustained measures taken at the international, regional and national levels, trafficking in persons remains one of the grave challenges facing the international community, which also impairs the enjoyment of human rights and needs a more concerted collective and comprehensive international response, Bearing in mind that all States have an obligation to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and punish perpetrators of trafficking in persons and to protect and assist victims, and that not doing so violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the victims, Welcoming the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 1 which reaffirms the commitment by Member States to ta ke immediate and effective measures to, inter alia, eradicate forced labour and end modern slavery and human trafficking, Reaffirming the commitment made by world leaders at the Millennium Summit, 2 the 2005 World Summit 3 and the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, held in 2010, 4 to devise, enforce and strengthen effective measures to combat and eliminate all forms of trafficking in persons, to counter the demand for trafficked victims and to protect the victims, Recalling the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 5 the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, _______________ 1 Resolution 70/1. See resolution 55/2. 3 See resolution 60/1. 4 See resolution 65/1. 5 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2225, No. 39574. 2 15-16933 (E) *1516933* Please recycle

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