Human Rights Council
Côte d'Ivoire


Sorosh Hayati

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AMSTERDAM MODEL UNITED NATIONS Committee: Human Rights Council Topic: l. Ending Slavery and Child Labor in the Chocolate Trade ll. Tackling the marginalization and social exclusion of persons with albinism Country: Cote d’Ivoire Delegate: Sorosh Hayati I. Ending Slavery and Child Labor in the Chocolate Trade

Since its independence from France in 1960, Cote d’Ivoire, a West African country which is mainly surrounded by some least developed countries in the world such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Liberia, and Guinea, has experienced relatively faster economic growth in the region. Cote d’Ivoire’s economy has historically been dependent on exports, mainly of coffee, timber and cocoa which was first discovered on an Ivorian plantation in the late 17th century and is a plant used primarily for making chocolate. After World War l and ll due to the rising prices of cocoa beans, Ivorian government initiated price incentive policies to encourage African farmers to grow cocoa. Cocoa beans, now a chief commodity of export for Ivoirians who is producing nearly half of the world’s cocoa, is incongruously associated with slavery, child labor and human trafficking (The World Factbook, 2017).

As of statistics in 2005, around 200,000 children toil on the cocoa plantations in Cote d’Ivoire alone. According to UNICEF study reports...