Building the Future We Want– A Reflection on the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Conference

Last week, I spent the day rapporteuring for the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Conference (HTMS). Sponsored by the Scottish Parliament and hosted by the United Nations House Scotland, the HTMS Conference drew together people from all sectors of society to address one of the leading challenges of our time: ending human trafficking and modern slavery. About one hundred individuals attended the conference, representing different sectors of society; our speakers and panelists came from the UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance, Police Scotland, the Scottish Parliament, Migrant Help UK, the University of Nottingham, the University of Dundee, the Co-operative

A Day with ICAN Executive Director, Beatrice Fihn

Last week, I joined Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and other representatives from ICAN partner organisations in Scotland on an exciting and inspiring day out. We had a busy day travelling and meeting people across the country, from Edinburgh to Helensburgh to Glasgow and explored themes of feminism, activism, and politics in the nuclear disarmament discourse. Emma, a 14-year-old piper and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN at Faslane We started the day off early at the Engender office where Beatrice met with Lesley Orr, a feminist historian and peace activist, for a filmed conversation on the role of gender in nucl

Press Release: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland

The forthcoming "Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland: Raising Awareness; Strengthening Collaboration; Breaking the Chains" marks one of most successful events hosted by UN House. The event features participants from a diverse range of industries, and notable keynote speakers including; Ash Denham , MSP, Co-Convener of the Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking Kevin Hyland, OBE, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Alison McGregor, CEO, HSBC Scotland Kevin Bales, CMG, Professor of Contemporary Slavery, University of Nottingham. Read the full press release, including commentary from Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. #UKhumantrafficking #humantrafficking #modernslavery #seem

Winners of UNHS Scottish School Competition on Human Trafficking Issues Announced

UN House Scotland is excited to announce the winners of our 2018 Human Trafficking Scottish Schools Competition. The objective of the competition was to engage with Scotland’s youngest generations to help us make Scotland slavery free by submitting a project on one of the following topics: How is human trafficking and modern slavery affecting the world and/ or your community? How would you help raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking in Scotland?​ UNHS was thrilled to see such high levels of interest from Scottish students in issues surrounding human trafficking. After careful consideration, the selection committee is pleased to award first place to the submission from studen

Scotland Launch of the UNESCO GEM Report

Panelists (L-R) – Dr. Alasdair McWilliam (UNESCO), Mr. Atishay Mathur (UN House), Dr. Samantha Ross (Link Community Development) The United Nations House was delighted to launch the 2017-2018 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, ‘Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments’ on the 29th of November 2017. The Scotland launch combined a presentation on the Report by UNESCO, expert responses to the report, along with a high-level expert panel, and an interactive question and answer session on the Report. The UN House’s Atishay Mathur presented his considerations and reflections on the GEM Report, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Alasdair McWilliam (UNESCO) and Dr. Samantha

International Women's Day: #PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity. The March 8 date was chosen, as IWD, to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Worldwide (as of 2013): Up to 50% of sexual assaults were committed against girls und

Human Trafficking as a Women's Issue: International Women's Day 2018

On International Women's Day, and in support of our See Me, Free Me initiative, UNHS wishes to highlight the plight of women and girls worldwide who suffer as victims of modern slavery. Women and girls comprise a majority of known victims of human trafficking worldwide: representing 51 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, of all reported victims. Women and girls are trafficked and exploited for a variety of purposes, including commercial sex exploitation, domestic servitude, sham and forced marriages, forced labour in industries such as agriculture, fishing, garment factories, catering, cleaning and for organ removal. Of the many forms of exploitation endured by women and girls, sex traff

The Asia Pacific Energy Portal and the Need for Data Harmonisation #SDG7Conference

The global SDG agenda relies heavily on evidence collection, analysis, and comparison. Whereas, at the national level, for evidence-based decision making to gain momentum, nations must exhibit conducive political environments and be equipped with necessary tools. One such regional tool, presented by Fabian Kreuzer at the conference, was the Asia Pacific Energy Portal (henceforth, the Portal) by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). At the Global SDG 7 Conference, the session organised by UNESCAP and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) aimed at discussing the integration of informational resources into decision making processes. The Po

3 Reasons You Should Take Action on Modern Slavery: The See Me, Free Me Action Plan

Leading up to our conference, “Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland” UNHS is focused not only on raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery, but also providing avenues for actionable change. This post outlines our argument for why every person in our society should be concerned about this issue, and will be followed by the “See Me, Free Me Action Plan”, a trilogy of blogs providing action points for anyone to fight against modern slavery. Keep an eye on our blog as we continue to post our Action Plan, and provide steps to how you can stop modern slavery in your community. ***************** When we hear the word ‘slavery’, it’s easy to imagine the stori

What is the Global Tracking Framework? #SDG7Conference

In order to track the progress made on SDG 7, the International Energy Agency (IEA) in partnership with 20 partner agencies in the energy space (including five United Nations Regional Economic Commissions – ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, UNECA, UNECE) produce the Global Tracking Framework (GTF). ‘Global Tracking Framework 2017 – Progress Toward Sustainable Energy’ is the latest report, accessed best through this interactive website version. Quite simply, the GTF registers progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy across nations. GTF 2017 states, “only 91 percent of the world will have electricity access in 2030, while only 72 percent will have access to clean cooking. Improveme

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