Climate-induced migration and modern slavery

This event, hosted by UK think tank the IIED will discuss modern slavery and climate change as well as real life experiences of forced labour.

Climate change is devastating the planet, leading to intensifying global inequality as well as disputes over land, water and scarce resources. People are being driven to migrate within and across borders in search of resources and income, making them vulnerable to human trafficking and modern slavery, including forced labour.

A new report from Anti-Slavery International and IIED is among the first to outline the critical link between climate-induced migration and modern slavery.

This groundbreaking report provides important new evidence to inform the UN climate summit (COP26) in November and high-level bodies such as the World Bank and United Nations on the need to address climate change as a factor of modern slavery.

This high level panel launch event will feature discussion from experts on modern slavery and climate change as well as real life experiences of forced labour.


Jasmine O’Connor OBE, CEO Anti-Slavery International

Clare Shakya, director of IIED’s Climate Change research group

Keynote speakers

Cecilia Silva Bernardo, climate negotiator for Angola and for the least developed countries, and co-chair of the Adaptation Committee of the UNFCCC

Felipe González Morales, UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants


Ritu Bharadwaj, senior researcher in IIED’s Climate Change research group

Somnath Hazra, consultant economist and visiting faculty, Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India

Enock Pufaa, researcher and community engagement officer, Challenging Heights, Ghana

Fran Witt, climate change and modern slavery advisor, Anti-Slavery International

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