European Development Days 2016

Lab debate – Combating forced and child labour in supply chains

The European Commission's Directorate-General for International cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) warmly invite you to a Lab debate on Combating forced labour and child labour in supply chains during the European Development Days.

The speakers will discuss latest research, strategies and best practices to address the challenges ahead and to identify possible areas of intervention in the context of the new 2030 Development Agenda. The session will focus in particular on Target 8.7 under Sustainable Development Goal 8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

There will be opportunity to discuss the Alliance 8.7, a new inclusive partnership to take effective measures to prevent and eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and end child labour in all its forms.

Distinguished panellists from NGOs, trade unions and the private sector will share their experiences and views on how supply chains can be freed from child labour and forced labour and engage in a discussion with the audience.

Save the date and join us for a stimulating debate on 15 June, at 17.45 - 19.00. A detailed programme will follow soon. The European Commission and the ILO very much look forward to welcoming you to their Lab debate.


Registration is mandatory. Please register online before 15 May. You will receive a confirmation. For any additional information, please contact Alba Riobo-Souto, DG DEVCO (, or Fleur Rondelez, ILO (


Today, 168 million children are in child labour with almost half of them in hazardous work, putting their lives at risk. In addition, almost 21 million women, men and children are trapped in forced labour. Child labour and forced labour not only constitute a serious violation of fundamental rights, they are also a leading cause of intergenerational poverty and a hindrance to economic development.

Although significant progress has been made in the last two decades, many challenges remain. In order to reach SDG Target 8.7, which calls for the eradication of forced labour, child labour, modern slavery and human trafficking; urgent and coordinated action is needed to accelerate the annual rate of reduction of child labour, and to achieve a significant reduction in forced labour.

The debate jointly organized by DG DEVCO and the ILO will enable leading agencies, civil society organizations, practitioners and academics working on these issues to share knowledge and experiences, in order to stimulate new thinking and approaches to orient future efforts.