Child trafficking conference partly live on the Internet

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki, the Canadian Embassy in Helsinki, and the Council of Baltic Sea States will host the conference "Stop Child Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery" in Helsinki on 1-3 June, 2003. The conference will be partly broadcast live on the Internet.

Confirmed participants include Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Senator Landon Pearson of Canada, Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Margareta Winberg, Deputy of the State Duma Elena Mizulina, and other senior government officials from participating countries, representatives of regional NGOs, the press, and experts from the Council of Baltic Sea States countries, as well as others which have been identified as major "source countries" for CBSS member countries.

The opening session on Monday, 2 June, will be broadcast live starting at 9.15 with statements by Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Prime Minister of Finland, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, and Margareta Winberg, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden. After a short break, Parliamentarians from Finland, the United States, Canada and Russia will address the conference. President of Finland Tarja Halonen will address the conference at 12.00.

On Tuesday, US Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Paula Dobriansky, US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, will address the conference and this session will also be broadcast live at 11.45.

Broadcasts later available as recordings:

Opening session on 2 June at 9.15

Session on 2 June at 10.30

Session on 3 June at 11.45