World Day Against Child Labour - High-Level Thematic Forum
TOGETHER for a brighter future without child labour
Celebrating the World Day Against Child Labour 2019, we look back at a century of struggle and forward to future challenges and opportunities. The thematic forum will focus on the major transformations being experienced in the world of work, whether the result of technology, environmental or demographic change, and what this means for the youngest in society. Given the proven policy areas for combatting child labour, the discussion will also focus on accelerating action towards SDG Target 8.7, entailing “the ratification and implementation of fundamental ILO labour standards and compliance in law and practice.” The forum will be followed by the second segment on “Empowering actors for social change” which will focus on the role of partnerships in building the momentum for campaigns and action against child labour. Within the context of the WDACL and the ILO’s SCREAM (Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media) programme, it will highlight the key role of children and youth in such efforts.
Thursday, 13 June 2019, 10:00-12:40
Mr Guy Ryder - ILO Director-General
Mr Kumi Naidoo - Secretary-General, Amnesty International
Statement by Honourable Minister Mr Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, India
DEBATE: Accelerating action against child labour
Ms Juneia Martins Batista - Women’s Secretary, Single Confederation of Workers (CUT Brazil)
Mr Assefa Bequele - Founder and Executive Director of African Child Policy Forum
Ms Sue Longley - Secretary-General, International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
Ms Jacqueline Mugo - Executive Director, Federation of Kenyan Employers
Ms Molly Namirembe - Youth advocate and SCREAM trainer, Somero Uganda
Ms Tanzila Narbaeva - Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan
Ms Phyllis Kong Wai Yue - Human Rights and Responsible Sourcing Specialist, Ferrero
Moderator:Ms Conny Czymoch - International journalist and moderator
Statement by Mr Woldeyesus E. Gulay, Director General of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Human Welfare, Eritrea
Ms Amina J. Mohammed - Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
VOICES: Empowering actors for social change
Ms Lina N. Alvarado Riaño - Youth advocate and National Youth Leader of the “100 million for 100 million” campaign (Colombia)
Ms Marah Khalil - Youth advocate and Member of the Children’s Podium (Jordan)
Mr Benoît Machuel - General Secretary, International Federation of Musicians
Mr Anand Singh - Chief Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, Education International
Mr Blasko Smilevski - Executive Director, JM International
Moderator:Ms Beate Andrees - Chief, Fundamental Principals and Rights at Work Branch, ILO
Announcement by new Chair of Alliance 8.7, Ms Anousheh Karvar, Delegate of the Government of France to the ILO Governing Body.
Children from “La Découverte” school (Geneva) involved in the 2019 “Don du chœur” project will share their message and songs, accompanied by pianist Mr Andrea Amanti.
Songs: "One and a Million" and "I wish I knew" (how it would feel to be free), courtesy of Sign Up.
On this occasion, the ILO will launch two publications: