Oscar-winning actress named new UN Goodwill Ambassador for human trafficking

Academy Award-winning American actress Mira Sorvino was named as Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today, coinciding with the release of a new report showing that nearly half of all nations have yet to bring a single perpetrator of the scourge to justice.

Past injustices should spur battle against modern forms of slavery – Ban Ki-moon

As the United Nations honoured the memory of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed the hope today that the struggle against “one of the greatest atrocities in history” will inspire the world in the battle against modern forms of slavery such as forced labour and human trafficking.

On International Day, Ban Ki-moon calls for eradicating modern forms of slavery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery with a call for redoubling efforts to wipe out the contemporary forms of this abominable practice under which millions of people around the world continue to suffer.

200 years after abolition of slave trade, slave-like practices persist – Ban Ki-moon

Two hundred years after the United States and the British Empire banned the slave trade, many millions of people are still subjected to slavery-like practices, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

Annan urges steps to combat contemporary forms of slavery

Marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for stepped-up measures to end the practice and to address the entrenched poverty which leaves people vulnerable to enslavement.

UNESCO chief visits Ghana, marks struggle against slavery

The Director-General of the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO), making an official three-day visit to Ghana, has launched this year’s worldwide observance of the struggle against slavery in a West African country that lost many people to the forced transatlantic migration of enslaved Africans.

Marking 2004 as anti-slavery year, UNESCO urges renewed fight against racism

As the United Nations gears up to mark 2004 as the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition, the head of the world body's cultural agency today called for a universal recommitment to combat all contemporary forms of the scourge.

Despite laws, slavery has still not been eliminated, Annan says

Despite numerous laws banning “this intolerable and unacceptable practice,” slavery has not yet been eradicated, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Fight contemporary slavery by eliminating root causes – UN official

Contemporary forms of slavery cannot be eliminated unless the international community goes beyond mere legal prohibitions to fighting its root causes such as poverty, gender discrimination and violence against women, according to the acting United Nations human rights chief.

Decrying ongoing practice of slavery, Annan pledges UN support to fight it

Marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged the world body’s full support for efforts to eradicate this grave abuse of human rights.