4th Global Conference on Child Labour reaffirms commitment to ending child labour by 2025
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Author: Stop Child Labour
On the 16th of November the thousands of participants in the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour in Argentina adopted the Buenos AiresDeclaration on Child Labour, Forced Labour and Youth Employment. The declaration had been in the making during various meetings of the tripartite partners of the ILO: the governments, employers and union. While NGOs are not directly involved in this process, Stop Child Labour was able to bring forward its recommendations during meetings with the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Netherlands. Our focus has been on the role of civil society, the area- or community-based approach to child labour, the importance of quality education and the need for supply chains that are free of child labour and other labour rights violations. Stop Child Labour is happy to see in the Final Declaration of the Global Child Labour Conference in Argentina the recognition of the importance of area-based and community interventions for eradicating child labour.
Author: Daniel Gutman, The Wire
Child labour is declining far too slowly, in the midst of unprecedented growth in migration and forced displacement that aggravate the situation, said representatives of governments, workers and employers in the Buenos Aires Declaration on Child Labour Forced Labour and Youth Employment. The document, signed at the end of the November 14-16 meeting, recognises that unless something changes, the goals set by the international community will not be met... For the first time, this Conference recognised that child labour is mostly concentrated in agriculture and is growing... Children were notably absent from the crowded event, which brought together government officials and delegates of international organisations, the business community and trade unionists... The participants in the Conference warned in the final declaration that armed conflicts, which affect 250 million children, are aggravating the situation of child labour.
Author: International Labour Organisation
The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour will be organized by the Government of Argentina and will be held in Buenos Aires on 14-16 November 2017... Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda, UN Member States, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as civil society organizations, are urged to eliminate child labour by 2025, and forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030. In order to contribute to this goal, the ILO launched Alliance 8.7, a global partnership designed to align the efforts of those working towards the achievement of SDG Target 8.7. In this framework, it was agreed that the IV Global Conference should cover both the sustained eradication of child labour and the elimination of forced labour and, in this context, it will also address the issue of the quality of youth employment.
Author: IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour
We declare our commitment and urge the wider international community to commit to:
1.1. Accelerate efforts to end child labour in all its forms by 2025, generate the conditions for full and productive employment and decent work for young people, and to eradicate forced labour by 2030 while addressing the root causes of child labour and forced labour;
3.5 Recognizing that enterprises should respect human rights, encourage them, in line with the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to carry out due diligence in their supply chains in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address adverse human rights impacts of their activities, particularly in relation to child labour and forced labour;
Author: International Labour Organisation
The ILO has called for stepped-up efforts to “consign child labour to the dustbin of history,” in a report released to coincide with the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour , held in Buenos Aires from 14 to 16 November. “We are moving in the right direction, but we have to do so at a much faster rate,” the ILO said in its report Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes . The report lists four key policy ‘pillars’ in the fight against child labour: Boosting legal protections, improving the governance of labour markets and family enterprises, strengthening social protection and investing in free, quality education.