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Type: Regional Consultative Process on Migration (Region: Asia)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None

Established: 2004


The Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) is a high-level policy dialogue in the Greater- Mekong Sub-region (GMS), where all governments have realised that they cannot combat human trafficking effectively on their own. Combining efforts on prevention of trafficking, protection of victims and their repatriation and reintegration, and prosecution of the criminals responsible, COMMIT is the superstructure on which a cohesive and comprehensive anti-trafficking response is being built.

The COMMIT process began as a series of informal discussions between representatives from several of the GMS governments in mid-2003.  During three roundtable discussions the governments overcame challenges to reach a ground-breaking agreement that was to become the blueprint for collaboration to combat trafficking in the GMS.  The MOU represents the governments’ recognition that trafficking in persons impacts the human security and the human rights of the individual and that in many ways trafficking is a direct result of lack of human security and has to be addressed at the individual, societal, national, regional and international levels.  

COMMIT has provided a forum for developing trust and confidence between the countries on the issue of human trafficking, as well as an effective system for the development and implementation of joint activities. COMMIT also facilitates participation of civil society and youth in regional policy making, through the COMMIT CSO/Youth Platform.


Current Thematic Focus

Specific areas of discussion include:

  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Combatting migrant smuggling
  • Combatting forced labour
  • ​(Trans) National Referral Mechanisms for trafficked persons
Working Groups (National Taskforces)

The COMMIT Process is governed by the six national COMMIT Taskforces, each comprised of government officials from the ministries most relevant to the fight against human trafficking – including police, justice, social welfare, and women’s affairs. National COMMIT Taskforces pull together representatives from all ministries most relevant to the fight against human trafficking, including Ministries of Justice, Ministries of Home Affairs, Ministries of Public Security, and Ministries of Social Affairs, as well as some international and civil society organizations.

The COMMIT Taskforces make all the major decisions regarding anti-trafficking programming and policy in their country, with COMMIT programming being reflected in annual COMMIT workplans. 

National COMMIT Taskforces meet on a regular basis in each country and as such, they provide a crucial forum to promote a multi-disciplinary response to human trafficking.  They make all the major decisions regarding anti-trafficking programming and policy in their country, with COMMIT programming being reflected in annual COMMIT workplans. 

At the regional level, two representatives from all six COMMIT Taskforces convene at least twice a year to set priorities and hold discussions on urgent issues at a regional level.


The United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT), a regional project managed by the United Nations Development Programme and established in 2014, acts as the COMMIT Secretariat and ensures a coordinated approach to more strategically and effectively combat human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and beyond.  UN-ACT convenes the COMMIT Meetings. 

The UN ACT builds upon the work previously undertaken by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), the former COMMIT Secretariat. 


Member States (6 Member States)

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam

Member Organizations

  • None

Chairing Country

  • Annually rotating Chair since 2016, performed by the country hosting the Senior Officials Meetings.

Current Chair

  • Viet Nam

Observer States

  • None

Observer Organizations

  • None

COMMIT Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) are held annually as a forum for peer review where the GMS government officials report to each other on the implementation of efforts made under the COMMIT Process over the past year and establish goals for the future.

COMMIT Inter-Ministerial Meetings (IMM) are held every three years, where responsible Ministers from each country provide overall guidance to the COMMIT Process, reaffirm their commitment to the goals of COMMIT as presented in the COMMIT MOU, and officially endorse future COMMIT Sub-Regional Plans of Action.

Workshops and trainings are conducted in the framework of COMMIT Sub-Regional Plans of Action.

  • 28 May 2020, Hanoi, Viet Nam, Regional Task Force and Senior Officials Meeting
  • 19 – 20 March 2019, Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, China, COMMIT Task Force (TF) and Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 13)
  • 28 - 29 November 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, COMMIT Task Force Meeting and Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 12)
  • 27-29 September 2017, Bangkok, Thailand, workshop with relevant ministries and civil society organizations from COMMIT Member States to develop principles and guidelines for fair recruitment. More info 
  • 23-24 November 2016, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, COMMIT Task Force (TF) and Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 11)
  • 21-24 November 2016, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, COMMIT Youth Forum
  • 25-26 October 2016, Workshop with COMMIT Member States on COMMIT Victim Identification and Referral Mechanisms: Developing Common Guidelines
  • 15-16 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand, Regional COMMIT Task Force (TF) meeting
  • 28-30 April 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM10) 4th Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM4), “The COMMIT Process: Regional COMMIT to End Human Trafficking through Unity and Innovation”
  • 16 February 2012, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 3rd Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM-3)
  • 14 December 2007, Beijing, China, 2nd COMMIT Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM2)
  • 29 October 2004, Yangon, Myanmar, 1st COMMIT Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM1)
Contact Information

UN-ACT Regional Management Office
United Nations Service Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2304 9100
Fax: +66 2 280 0268