Tammie Sutherland speaks with Nicolas Cage on the red carpet for “Joe” at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
2010. Ambassador Glyn Davies of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna hosted a lunch in honor of Nicolas Cage, Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Mr. Cage was in Vienna to address a UN conference to fight organized crime. The conference marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Transnational criminal activities pose significant national security challenges for the global community. These threats cross borders and continents and undermine the stability of nations, subverting government institutions through corruption and harming citizens worldwide.
Ambassador Davies thanked Mr. Cage for his commitment to fighting global threats including organized crime, arms trafficking, child soldiers, and human trafficking. Mr. Cage’s efforts, both personal and professional, to highlight the injustices caused by these issues bring well-deserved attention to the continuing struggle to overcome them.
Find more information on Mr. Cage’s visit to Vienna on UNODC’s website
Nicolas Cage with Fan Lisa Trompisch during his November 5, 2013 visit to Vienna to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking (slavery).
VIENNA: Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage on Tuesday renewed his appointment as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice.
Cage called for greater attention to human trafficking at a ceremony held in Vienna, Xinhua news agency reported.
"As a global society, we cannot tolerate people being bought and sold ascommodities," he said.
A highlight of the event was the auction of a specially designed ’Blue Heart’ carpet, an international symbol increasingly being adopted in the fight against human trafficking.
Proceeds from the event will go the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons which supports grass-roots organisations that rescue, shelter and reintegrate victims into society.
UNODC executive director Yuri Fedotov said: “About 1.5 million dollars have been contributed to the Trust Fund since 2010. Thanks to this money, 11 grass-roots organisations around the world have been able to support victims and survivors of trafficking particularly women and children”.
Women and girls make up 75 percent of human trafficking victims with girlsconstituting two out of every three child victims. —BERNAMA
Nicolas Cage Helps Raise Funds for Victims of Human Trafficking
“As a global society, we cannot tolerate people being bought and sold as commodities. We cannot fight for a better planet and for the rights of all its beings while we allow our own species to trick, abuse and brutally exploit each other for profit,” Mr. Cage said at an event in Vienna, Austria, to raise awareness on the issues as well as private funds for victims.”
“We cannot stand quietly on the sidelines, while humans are being shipped and traded across the globe,” he said.
6 November 2013 - The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons yesterday received a $185,000 boost from the private sector at a fund-raising event in Vienna attended by acclaimed Hollywood star Nicolas Cage. A specially designed “Blue Heart” carpet - an international symbol increasingly adopted in the fight against human trafficking - was auctioned at the event, as was another rug donated by Mr. Cage for that purpose. Mr. Cage signed these one-off works as a gesture of his support for this cause. Significant contributions were also made by guests at the gala, including some of the most influential individuals in Austria. Proceeds from the event will go the Trust Fund, which supports grassroots organizations that rescue, shelter and reintegrate victims into society.
Mr. Cage, UNODC’s Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice, called for greater efforts to assist human trafficking victims, stressing the international community cannot “stand quietly on the sidelines” while this scourge persists across the globe. “I hope you can open your hearts to this worthy cause. I hope you can help us give these victims a chance at the life they deserve”.
Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, thanked donors for their contributions. “If all business leaders, public figures and citizens were as willing to devote their time and resources to this fight, we could surely defeat the criminals, and stop them exploiting millions of vulnerable women, men and children. But the truth is, we are far from winning this fight,” he cautioned, urging every sector of society to join forces - the UN, Governments, NGOs, the private sector, community leaders and ordinary citizens - to stop this terrible crime.
Human trafficking affects every country in the world. Victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour. A recent UNODC report found that women and girls make up 75 per cent of detected victims, with girls constituting two out of every three child victims. Since 2010, $1.5 million have been contributed to the Trust Fund. Thanks to this money, 11 grass-roots organizations around the world have been able to support victims and survivors of trafficking, especially women and children.
The event was organized by Austrian businessman and philanthropist Ali Rahimi and held under the auspices of UNODC.
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