The recently launched ILO report Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends 2000-2012, showed a sharp decrease in child labour across the world. However, the new estimates also indicate that, at the current pace, we will not meet our shared objective of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.
The recent III Global Conference on Child Labour, hosted by the Government of Brazil in Brasilia followed on from The Hague Global Child Labour Conference in 2010 which adopted the Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016. The Governing Body subsequently incorporated the Roadmap into the ILO Global Action Plan against Child Labour. Taking stock of progress made, the Brasilia Conference agreed, in the Brasilia Declaration on Child Labour, on measures to strengthen action to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 and to continue to pursue the eradication of all forms of child labour.
It is time to reinvigorate action. To that end, the ILO is organizing an information session on child labour on 24 October 2013. This will be an opportunity to share the findings of the new ILO report and the outcomes of the Brasilia Global Child Labour Conference and to focus on strategic directions for the ILO’s future work in this area through the International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour as we strive to support the efforts of tripartite constituents and join our action with that of the wider worldwide movement in the common struggle to end child labour.
18:00 – 18:20 Welcome remarks and presentation of the new global estimates on child labour (Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder)
18:20 – 18:30 Feedback from the III Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia (Permanent Representative of Brazil to The United Nations in Geneva)
18:30 – 18:45 Perspectives from ILO partner country; and short video
18:45 – 19:00 IPEC – Looking ahead (Constance Thomas, Director, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work)
19:00 – 19:30 Discussion and closing remarks
19:30 - 20:00 Placing of a new “Global estimates” panel in the child labour exhibition, ILO Colonnades (Director-General and Constance Thomas) and Cocktail reception, Espace Gobelins – R2 South