Comprehensive approach needed to combat modern day slavery, says top UN official

A comprehensive approach through laws, education and international cooperation is needed to end modern-day slavery, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said today.

States urged to give generously to UN fund helping victims of modern slavery

The United Nations human rights office is appealing to Member States to give generously to an important fund that has for the past 20 years given grants to grassroots initiatives that help victims of slavery transform their lives.

Urging ratification, UN slavery expert welcomes pact on domestic workers

A United Nations specialist on slavery today welcomed the adoption by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of a convention aimed at the protection of millions of domestic workers worldwide, a majority of whom are women and girls.

Peru must do more to combat scourge of slavery, UN rights expert says

A United Nations human rights expert on slavery today urged Peru to do more to combat abuses in the country’s logging, mining and domestic services sectors.

On International Day, UN honours legacy of transatlantic slave trade victims

The United Nations today capped off a week of activities to honour the memory of the millions of innocent victims who suffered over four centuries due to the transatlantic slave trade, focusing on the legacy of those enslaved and their contributions to the societies in which they lived.

At UN, educators learn ways to impart lessons of slavery to future generations

From high schools in the Gambia and Portugal to pre-schools in South Africa and a university in the United States, hundreds of teachers and educators from around the world gathered “virtually” today through the assistance of the United Nations to learn about the best ways to teach future generations about slavery.

UN chief urges countries to ratify legal treaties to fight slavery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by urging States to bring into force all the legal instruments necessary to eradicate the scourge.

UN launches global action plan to combat scourge of human trafficking

The United Nations today launched a global action plan to combat human trafficking, with senior UN officials urging that governments worldwide take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge.

Brazil: UN rights expert urges stepped up efforts to fight slavery

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called urged Brazil to strengthen efforts to close loopholes perpetuating the practice of slavery, including forced labour in the vast South American nation's rural areas.

Today’s slavery practices must be eradicated, Secretary-General says

Slavery and slavery-like practices still continue in many parts of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for renewed international commitment to ensure that all forms of slavery are finally eradicated.