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Prioritise slavery in the Sustainable Development Goals

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With 35.8 million people enslaved today1, the curse of modern slavery is a significant barrier to the wellbeing and economic prosperity of the world at large. Victims of modern slavery are often prevented from receiving an education, receive little or no pay, and cannot speak or move freely. This is not only a grave injustice for those experiencing these conditions but the knock on effects are unfathomable — the world is missing out on the potential of millions of people.

Unbelievably, ending modern slavery is not yet a clear priority in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals – a transformative action plan which will help shape governments’ policies for years to come.2

Countries who agreed to the last set of goals – the Millennium Development Goals – achieved some remarkable things. Together, they halved global poverty, and halved the proportion of people who lack an adequate water supply.3 Imagine what could be achieved if they committed to ending modern slavery.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known”.4 Call on him to ensure ending modern slavery is prioritised in the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • September 2015: A target to end modern slavery has been included in the final text of the Sustainable Development Goals, approved by UN member states on 2 August.1

    This is the result of the hard work of many different organizations, grassroots groups and activists who have been campaigning tirelessly for years – including the Freedom United Community. Thank you to everyone that took action.

    The goals now have to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September. We’ll be monitoring the process to ensure tackling modern slavery continues to be prioritised.

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.


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