Though slavery is prohibited everywhere, current estimates suggest thereare between 20.9 and 35.8 people trapped in slavery and forced labour today, of which 5.5 million are children. Modern slavery affects societies and supply-chains worldwide, and ISIS and Boko Haram are openly promoting a return to slavery.
In September 2015, UN Member States committed, in Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, to “[t]ake immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking”. To mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, UN University and the Freedom Fund will release two new policy reports reviewing multilateral efforts and proposing new measures to strengthen multilateral efforts to end modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking.
Unshackling Development: Why we need a global partnership to end modern slavery
– and its companion report –
Fighting Modern Slavery: What role for international criminal justice?
H.E. Amb. Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations
Introducing the reports:
Dr James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University
Mr Nick Grono, CEO, The Freedom Fund
H.E. Ms Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, Permanent Representative of The Philippines to the United Nations
H.E. Ms Katalin Annamária Bogyay,Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
H.E. Dr Sarah Mendelson, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Ms Urmila Bhoola, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Representative, International Labour Organization (TBC)
Seating in Conference Room 8 is limited so please RSVP. Participants needing a UN grounds pass must register by Friday 27 November.
Conference Room 8, Conference Building
United Nations Headquarters
Ms Leni Kinzli
Acting Communications Manager