Policy dialogue gathers key stakeholders to discuss international commitments related to child labour

On 13 March, 2019 a policy dialogue on international commitments related to child labour was held in Hanoi.

HANOI (ILO News) -- On March 13, 2019 ILO Viet Nam and the Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs organised a productive policy dialogue on international commitments related to child labour.

120 participants from relevant government agencies, business enterprises and NGOs attended the event, including specialists from Ghana, Panama and Thailand.

The purpose of the event was to share good practices, address challenges and raise awareness on international standards and child labour prevention in global supply chains. The meeting also promoted Viet Nam’s leading role in Global Alliance 8.7 to achieve the sustainable development goal of eliminating forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

The dialogue emphasised the shared responsibilities of stakeholders to address child labour in the context of new Free Trade Agreements and Viet Nam’s deeper integration into the global economy.

‘Today, expectations for businesses are rising and it is the responsibility of multinational enterprises to know what’s happening in their supply chains and prevent child labour’ commented ILO specialist, Catherine Torres.

Presentations, panels and plenary discussions facilitated fruitful recommendations from experts and gave participants a meaningful opportunity to voice concerns and questions about their respective roles in preventing child labour.

Key inputs from the event will be synthesised, contributing to the development of a road map of a multi-sectorial and coordinated approach to tackling child labour in Viet Nam.