Unlocking Potential: Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking

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Unlocking Potential: Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking

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Unlocking Potential: Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking

27 September 2019, 1:15PM-2:30PM

Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters

The final report of the Liechtenstein Initiative for a Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, will be released at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 27 September 2019 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week. The Blueprint sets out how financial sector actors can work through individual and collective action to address modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Liechtenstein Initiative is a public-private partnership between the Governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research – acting as its Secretariat – and Liechtenstein private sector and foundations.

Over its one-year mandate, the Commission held four global consultations to consider different ways the financial sector can accelerate its engagement in addressing and preventing these practices; from compliance and regulatory regimes, to responsible lending and investment, remedy, financial inclusion, financial technology and international cooperation. Commissioners were briefed by over 40 experts from around the world. Six Commission-led workstreams operated between face-to-face consultations. In addition, over 100 informal consultations took place with stakeholders.

Speakers :

  • H.E. Mr Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, Commission Co-Convenor (video)
  • H.E. Mr Stef Blok, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Commission Co-Convenor
  • Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, Commissioner e.o.
  • Ms Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia
  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Foundation, Nobel Laureate and Commission Co-Convenor
  • Ms Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles of Responsible Investment, Chair of the Commission
  • Dr. Jean Baderschneider, CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, Commissioner
  • Mr Barry Koch LLC, Commissioner
  • Mr James Kofi Annan, Founder of Challenging Heights, Commissioner and Survivor
  • Ms Timea Nagy Payne, Founder of Timea’s Cause, Commissioner and Survivor
  • Prof. Anita Ramasastry, Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Commissioner
  • Mr Frederick Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Crime Legal at Barclays, Commissioner
  • Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Commissioner

The event will be available through live webcast here.

***IMPORTANT GUIDELINES / PLEASE READ AS THEY MIGHT HAVE CHANGED*** Registering here by 18 September was mandatory for all guests. External guests, UN “A”, and "N" badge holders must pick up an event-specific UN Grounds Pass on 26 September at 767 3rd Avenue, New York NY, 10017, at the ground floor from noon-5PM. On the day of the meeting, event staff will be standing on the NE corner of 46th Street and 2nd Avenue with indication about the launch to escort you to Conference Room 1 by noon (close to the Ali Baba Restaurant). Please bring your pass and a government-issued photo ID with you. This ID is required and must match the name provided upon registration. All attendees should arrive by at latest 12:30PM to ensure entrance to UNHQ. No backpacks or luggage is allowed inside UN premises. No exceptions can be arranged. Should you have any questions, please direct them to fsc@unu.edu

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