Symposium: Measurement, Action, Freedom to Achieve SDG Target 8.7

2 December 2019
Research Innovation

Nesrien Hamid  | Progamme Officer - Delta 8.7

In its latest report—Measurement, Action, Freedom—Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative provides a detailed assessment of the action of 183 governments to eradicate modern slavery and achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. The report illustrates the present state of government-led anti-slavery initiatives, and points to activities that should be prioritized given the current evidence and knowledge base.

In this Symposium, Delta 8.7 asked Katharine Bryant, Manager of Global Research at Walk Free, to provide an overview of the report’s central findings. To respond, we invited Dr Jan van Dijk from Tilburg University, the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice, as well as our Programme Manager, Alice Eckstein, to reflect on the report and its most important takeaways.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found below:

An Introduction to Assessing Government Action to Achieve SDG Target 8.7
Katharine Bryant, Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative
2 December 2019

S.O.S., Better Statistics on Slavery Urgently Required
Dr J.J.M. van Dijk, Tilburg University
3 December 2019

Measuring Modern Slavery in the UK Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice
UK Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice
4 December 2019

Effective Measurements for Change
Alice Eckstein, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
5 December 2019

Improving Government Action to Achieve SDG Target 8.7 | A Response
Katharine Bryant, Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative
6 December 2019

Delta 8.7 symposia offer experts the opportunity to discuss technical details of their research and receive commentary from the wider research and anti-slavery community. Researchers are then able to give a response to the previous commentaries received. We hope these symposia will spark further conversations and build the dialogue around research and data in the fight to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

Previous symposia can be found below:

Symposium: Tomorrow’s Slavery, Today

Symposium: Modelling Modern Slavery Risk

Symposium: Local Approaches to Modern Slavery


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