Project “Combating Child Labour and Human Trafficking in Central Asia. Commitment becomes Action” In Kyrgyzstan Successfully Completed

On 10 April, the city of Bishkek hosted a phase-out workshop to discuss achievements, good practices and lessons learnt in the course of implementation in Kyrgyzstan of ILO-IPEC Project “Combating Child Labour and Human Trafficking. Commitment becomes action” Project (2017- March 2019).

News | 10 April 2019
The workshop offered the national stakeholders an opportunity to identify and put forward clear priority actions to support the achievement of Target 8.7 in the country , which requires Member States to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure prohibition and elimination of  the worst forms of  child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

The workshop has brought together high-level representatives of the key ministries, parliament, social partners, International Labour Organization, other UN Agencies represented in Kyrgyzstan, as well as  local administrations and NGOs.

The panel discussions focused on the ILO contribution to nationalization and implementation of SDG Alliance 8.7 and priority actions to support the achievement of SDG Target 8.7. on ending child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The participants also discussed the ILO contribution to reinforcing the roles and strategies of employers and workers organizations and NGOs in addressing child labour and forced labour and identify the opportunities and challenges of their  engagement into national SDG processes.

In his presentation Casjen Ohnesorge, Head of the Development Cooperation Department at the German Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, said: "The outcomes of the ILO’s work to eradicate child labour in Kyrgyzstan are impressive. Much effort went into improving the legislative framework, organising capacity building for the national institutions. But, most importantly, the work to improve public awareness was put on the right track. Gerhard Müller,  Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, identified the problem of child labour as a priority and said Germany was intending to step up cooperation with the ILO. We will brief him on the outcomes of the project in Kyrgyzstan. I believe he will be satisfied with what has been achieved as part of the project. This is an excellent example of cooperation between the German government and the ILO".