Tripartite Meeting on National Action Plan against the Worst Forms of Child Labour

Senior Government officials, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations met in Ulaanbaatar on 8 July 2010 to identify future national action framework to eliminate the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in Mongolia by 2016, the target date of the Global Action Plan.

The Tripartite Meeting on National Action Plan against the Worst Forms of Child Labour discussed the Roadmap adopted by the Global Conference on Child Labour held in Hague, the Netherlands in May 2010. The meeting was led by Ms T. Gandi, Minister of Social Welfare and Labour who attended the Global Conference. She stressed the importance of eliminating the worst forms of child labour and expressed continued commitment of the Ministry to the actions against the WFCL. The Minister highlighted the importance of employment creation for adults and social protection for families in need to effectively address the problem of child labour. She also emphasized the need for a focused and pragmatic approach, disseminating good practices and learning from past experiences.

Ms N. Ayush, Director of the Strategic Planning Department, Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour presented the concept note on the strategies of the national programme for the elimination of the WFCL.

During the discussion, social partners highlighted the importance of designing and implementing the independent national programme to combat the WFCL.

Present at the tripartite meeting were Mr S. Ganbaatar, President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions and Mr Kh. Ganbaatar, Vice President of the Mongolian Employers’ Federation. They expressed their commitment and role in tackling child labour.

Specific issues raised during the discussion were the importance of providing education for all and responding to productive youth employment challenges, financing the national programme, capitalising on good practices of the IPEC project, identifying roles of social partners and NGOs and the role of local government and their capacity-building needs.

The meeting concluded with an agreement to establish a working group to design the national programme for the elimination of the WFCL and to submit a draft programme to the Government in November 2010.