Developing Freedom Report Launch

This event signalled the launch of a new report by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN and UNU-CPR on modern slavery.

- America/New York

The Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and United Nations University Centre for Policy Research launched Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, a major new report and companion website that considers a simple question: how can fighting slavery contribute to sustainable development?

Over eighteen months, the research team used comprehensive literature reviews and mapping, quantitative analysis, surveys and mixed methods case studies to develop a thorough answer to that question. The research included practitioner surveys, analysis of over 2 million official aid project records, stakeholder engagement and deep dives into anti-slavery efforts in six global value chains: apparel, cattle, construction, cotton, fisheries and palm oil. The analysis addresses efforts in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan.

It suggests that increased attention to anti-slavery, anti-forced labour and anti-human trafficking efforts by development actors will promote and maximize economic agency. This will unlock significant economic and social development gains – not just for the estimated 40.3 million victims, but for their communities and the broader economy.

The launch event consisted of a virtual roundtable, followed by Q&A.

A recording of this event can be accessed here.


H.E. Mr. James Roscoe

General Assembly Ambassador

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon

Minister of State
Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

Jennifer Townson

UK Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy

Prof James Cockayne

Senior Fellow UNU-CPR, lead author of Developing Freedom

Sophie Otiende

Survivor Leader
Liberty Shared

H.E. Ambassador Alya Al-Thani

Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

Bukeni Waruzi

Executive Director
Free the Slaves

Nick Grono

The Freedom Fund

Tomoya Obokata

UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

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