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Universal education & combatting poverty key to eliminating child labour - UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown

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17 December 2012

[PDF] Child Labour & Educational Disadvantage – Breaking the Link, Building Opportunity. A Review by Gordon Brown

Author: Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

In this report we set out an ambitious but achievable agenda for change. The starting point is an international summit not to adopt yet more resolutions, but to agree a global road map for the elimination of child labour by 2020. That road map will have to be translated into credible national action plans setting out the policies, financial requirements and regulatory measures needed deliver results, and it will have to be backed by additional multilateral financing...[M]ost important of all, we need t...build the coalitions, partnerships and alliances that can mobilise public opinion as a force for change...Private companies – national and global – must also be held to account for employment practices that violate child rights. [Refers to Apple, Ferrero, Google, Hershey, Kraft Foods, Mars, Nestle, Samsung]

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Article
10 December 2012

Where's the global outrage over this modern-day slavery?

Author: Kevin Watkins, Guardian Poverty Matters Blog

Child labour...is locking millions of children into lives of poverty, vulnerability and servitude...[G]overnments, donors and UN agencies...have failed to respond to a real and present child labour scourge that is destroying lives today on an epic scale...Half of all working children are employed in what the ILO describes as "hazardous conditions"...Millions of children are engaged in a daily struggle to combine school with employment – and most are losing that struggle...The tragedy in all of this is that education should be the most powerful catalyst for consigning child labour to history...Breaking the link between poverty and child labour is a vital step towards universal education.

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