Dean of the University for Peace Participates at the World Day Against the Trafficking in Persons




25 July, 2016. Vienna. The University for Peace was invited by UNODC to an event that marked the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to raise awareness by promoting dialogue and greater engagement of all stakeholders regarding the vulnerabilities that lie behind every case of human trafficking and the exploitation suffered by every trafficking victim. In representation, participated Juan Carlos Sainz Borgo, UPEACE Dean for International Cooperation with a statement on this matter.  

In its lecture, Dr. Sainz Borgo mentioned the important role of the University for Peace as a treaty based organization, created by the General Assembly with the mandate to prepare human resources for the challenge of promoting peace; and mentioned that UPEACE has been offering training at the professional, master and doctoral level in areas related to Human Rights, International Peace Studies and Protection of the Environment, around the world, with more of 2,000 master graduated on these topics working in different fields. However, the pressing issue of the movement of people, with all the dramatic consequences, like trafficking of persons, refugee and many associated crimes moved UPEACE to create special programs to tackle the situation.

The University for Peace created a special program of migration, with studies and research on the topic, as well as contribute fund to offer scholarships to refugees and IDP for around the world, who will be able to travel to Costa Rica to study, receive psychological support and English training. The program has the support of the Costa Rican Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR as well as the International Organizations for Migrations (IOM).

On the University’s behalf, Sainz Borgo thanked the UNODC for the opportunity to participate at the 2016 World Day against the Trafficking in persons, and asked the UN system, specially UNODC and other Vienna’ based organizations and permanent missions, with the newly appointed Permanente Observer, Ambassador Ana Teresa Dengo, all the technical and academic support to contribute to construct a global response to the humanitarian crisis that the trafficking of persons, in all different phases, specially refuges and IDP represents.

For more information, please contact Ana Lucía Guerrero at or call +506 2205-9000.