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New ILO tool steps up fight against child labour

The ILO presents a training guide to help its constituents tackle the worst forms of child labour.

Press release | 26 August 2013
GENEVA - The International Labour Office (ILO) has launched a new tool to guide efforts towards the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

The tool - “Implementing the Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. A training guide for policy makers” - will support worldwide efforts to tackle the issue, head on.

It defines the worst forms of child labour, presents key strategies for their elimination, outlines recommended actions for governments, employers’, workers’ and other civil society organizations and addresses monitoring and evaluation as an essential feature of successful action plans.

“The guide is both a training tool and a stepping-stone towards the drafting or revision of a National Action Plan (NAP) against the worst forms of child labour. It will bring new momentum to national efforts to reach this challenging goal,” said Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

Complementing the training guide is a Facilitators’ Guide that can assist those who wish to facilitate or support training workshops and national consultations. Spanish and French versions of the Training Guide will be released later in 2013.

The guide is released ahead of the Global Child Labour Conference, which will take place in Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013. This conference will be a follow-up to the Global Child Labour Conference that took place in The Hague in 2010, which adopted the “Roadmap for achieving the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016.”