Consultation process for the Roadmap to 2016

The Roadmap to 2016

The Roadmap to be adopted at the Hague Global Child Labour Conference will be a concise document that spells out how progress against child labour could be accelerated in the aftermath of the global economic crisis, and prior to the target dates for the Millennium Development Goals (2015) and the elimination of worst forms of child labour (2016).

The roadmap is expected to cover the following:

  • Who the children in the WFCL are, what puts them at risk, and how we can reach them.
  • How WFCL and its effective elimination is embedded in issues of social exclusion and broader policy issues such as (access to) quality education, development and human rights.
  • What the types of organizations present at the conference (i.e. governments, workers’ organizations, employers’ organizations, NGOs, international organizations) will do within countries and across regions to reach the 2016 target - while factoring-in country differences and challenges - and how they should work together for maximum effect, including through action plans that include budget allocations and monitoring frameworks.
  • How the worldwide movement against child labour can be re-invigorated to contribute most effectively to reaching the 2016 target.
  • Means by which broader efforts towards the MDGs and the one-UN approach can be leveraged for child labour elimination.

Process for the development of the Roadmap

Given the tight agenda at the conference in combination with the large number of participants and three working languages, it is envisaged that the Roadmap is developed to a large extent before the Conference. This process will include two broad based consultations on the content of the Roadmap in November 2009 and March 2010 with a consultative group (entitled ‘consultative group for the Roadmap to 2016’). In addition, there will be two electronic consultations to engage a broader set of stakeholders.

The consultation process for the development of the roadmap is as follows:


Type of consultation


17 November 2009

1st meeting of consultative group to 2016

Inputs to 1st outline of the Roadmap

February 2010

Electronic consultation among approx. 50 experts

Inputs to 2nd outline of the Roadmap

March 2010

2nd meeting of consultative group to 2016

Inputs to 1st draft of Roadmap

April 2010

Electronic consultation among invitees to Global Conference

Inputs to 2nd draft of Roadmap

May 2010

Plenary consultation during Global Conference

Inputs to 3rd and final draft of Roadmap, envisaged to be adopted by Global Conference participants

The Consultative Group for the roadmap to 2016 (CG for 2016) will be composed of around 20 representatives, including governments covering the various regions, Employers’ and Workers’ organizations, NGOs, and international organizations. The CG for 2016 will provide advice and guidance to the rapporteur (and her/his secretariat) in terms of the directions and content of the Roadmap, and in terms of challenges to be anticipated with regards to the adoption of the Roadmap at the Global Conference.

At the time of the global conference, the rapporteur will be supported by a small drafting committee that represents the various types of organizations that are present at the conference (i.e. governments, workers’ organizations, employers’ organizations, NGOs and international organizations). Participation in this drafting committee might be sought from members of the CG for 2016.

More information

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