Hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
24 September 2018
United Nations, New York
Thank you for convening this meeting to address this challenge and Iceland fully supports the Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
Slavery is not a problem of the past. Modern slavery remains widespread in all parts of the world. It is in clear violation of our laws. The Icelandic Government is actively working on eliminating this practice through better co-operation mechanisms and stronger supervision measures of the Icelandic labour market in cooperation with the labour unions.
The fight against forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking requires a global response, and we have raised this in the Human Rights Council where Iceland currently holds a seat. We will continue to advocate for a coherent multidimensional and multi-actor response both at the regional and international level.
This type of criminality causes its victims in particular women and girls great suffering, and constitutes a challenge to the entire international community.