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Hybrid Side Event - Homelessness and contemporary forms of slavery: Causes, connections, and countermeasures


19 September 2023


UN Human Rights Council – 54th session


02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Europe/Zurich)


Hybrid: Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva / Webex


#FightSlavery; #homelessness

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Description of the event

The UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery will present his thematic report on Homelessness as a cause and consequence of contemporary forms of slavery during the 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 18 September 2023. This event will be an opportunity to deepen the discussion about the interlinkages between homelessness and labour or sexual exploitation, as well as other exploitative practices affecting children and adults.

The side event will bring to the table civil society and State representatives in addition to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, with the objective of sharing their experiences and to formulate and discuss concrete recommendations on how to enhance the protection of persons experiencing homelessness from slavery-like practices.


  • Highlight the interrelatedness between persons experiencing homelessness and contemporary forms of slavery, in particular the acute challenges faced by vulnerable groups such as children in street situations and migrant workers;
  • Showcase promising action taken by States and civil society organisations to prevent or address homelessness and contemporary forms of slavery in different countries/contexts;
  • Discuss which further measures are needed to more effectively protect persons experiencing homelessness from contemporary forms slavery, including by implementing the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery as included in his report A/HRC/54/30.

Please find details about the side event from the concept note (Word)