Supplementary feeding is often inappropriate, improper or unsafe, and breast milk substitutes are expensive, substandard and often dangerous. A vast majority of mothers can breastfeed, just as the vast majority of infants can and should be breastfed.
The “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” include the necessary actions to support breastfeeding, in order to promote that all hospitals and maternity facilities are transformed into centers of breastfeeding support.
Since 1979, the WHO and UNICEF have stressed the important role of the practice of breastfeeding in Maternal-Child Health. For that reason, there have been numerous efforts in the world to ensure its promotion, protection and support.
Twenty years after the creation of Breastfeeding Week, more than 152 countries and 20,000 maternity hospitals in the world have fully implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and have been certified by the Hospital of the Mother and Child (IHAMN).
The World Breastfeeding Week this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration (made in Italy in 1990). Such a declaration made a call for everyone to have a goal that meets “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”.
In 2013, the General Assembly held a meeting to evaluate the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Member States adopted resolution A / RES / 68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking.
In 2010, the General Assembly adopted a Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging governments around the world to defeat this scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against trafficking in the programs of the United Nations for promoting development and strengthening of global security. A key provision of the plan is the establishment of a Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children.
Slavery, in its modern form as in the old, is not only a shame, but it is “the execrable sum of all villainies” as defined by the abolitionist John Wesley, and has no place in our world.
An estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in the nets of modern slavery. Men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers in both their own country and abroad. All countries are affected by trafficking, whether as country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
World Day against Human Trafficking is a call to action to end this crime and bring hope to victims who often live among us unrecognized. We urge all countries to ratify and fully implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol on Trafficking in Persons.