Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

  • UNU-CPR is an active player in global discussions that seek the recognition and promotion of human rights and sustainable development, looking particularly at Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 (on modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour). COVID-19 has exacerbated modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide, further highlighting the need for evidence-based approaches to policymaking are at the heart of the sustainable development agenda.

    Modern slavery and human trafficking affect around 40 million people. In 2015, UN Member States committed to take immediate and effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030, and the worst forms of child labour by 2025. This is Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the starting point for UNU-CPR’s work on these issues. Our programming aims to become a leading global knowledge resource for the anti-slavery community, with a particular emphasis on connecting anti-slavery research to policy. We will foster research innovation to accelerate understanding of what works to achieve Target 8.7, and partner with like-minded organizations to accelerate and scale anti-slavery efforts.

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