COP26 must address climate change and modern slavery

Today, Hope for Justice is pleased to be part of a joint letter signed by 58 human rights, anti-slavery, environmental, academic and business organisations calling for COP26 to address climate change and modern slavery.

You can read the letter, signed by Hope for Justice and Slave-Free Alliance CEO, Tim Nelson, by clicking here.

The world is experiencing climate breakdown and an era where the provision of human rights and dignity is stalling. Something is broken and the status quo will not fix it. This is the decade in which we must both collectively limit climate change and make our societies more equal and just. Otherwise, we will emerge from the global pandemic locked into a climate and poverty emergency in which already marginalised people are at risk of becoming exploited though forced labour, child slavery and forced marriage, and human trafficking.

➡️ COP26 must deliver on the vision of a global, just and transformational recovery that integrates, defends and expands human rights; and reduces inequality by prioritising the needs of the most affected, marginalised and discriminated people.

➡️ COP26 is also an important test of the Paris Agreement and an opportunity for governments of the world to raise their ambition in response to the climate crisis.

The letter lays out our joint recommendations for COP26, that governments should:

-Recognise the link between climate-induced migration and modern slavery and include it as an action in climate targets and create provision in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for migration and modern slavery related responses.

-Include and track the progress of climate-induced migration/displacement and antislavery actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans through Adaptation Committees.

-Consider the need to address climate-induced risks of modern slavery in the Warsaw International Mechanism Task Force on Displacement (WIM TFD) recommendations to avert, minimise and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change.

-Use the opportunity of a Just Transition to sustainable renewable energy to provide decent work for all workers in the renewable energy sector, and tackle instances where forced labour is used in mineral extraction and manufacture of solar panels and renewable energy supply chains.