World Day against Child Labour

Opening address at the National Council Against Child Labour: World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) 2020 Multimedia Arts Contests Announcement of Winners

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the National Council Against Child Labour: World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) 2020 Multimedia Arts Contests Announcement of Winners, 20 August 2020 Manila, Philippines via Zoom

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 20 August 2020
Good day! Congratulations to all of you, especially to the winners of the World Day against Child Labour Multimedia Arts Contests.

I know you have worked hard on this, and learned much about child labour. I am sure today will be only the first of many proud moments. This is also a key step for you as you shared your talent and creativity in the fight against child labour.

Keep that passion and determination to contribute to the goal of ending the worst forms of child labour.

The International Labour Organization Convention Number 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour has become the first in history to achieve universal ratification.

All children everywhere now, like most of you, have legal protection against the worst forms of child labour.

This is a human right that has to be protected.

The COVID-19 pandemic, however, threatens to reverse years of progress with a possible increase in child labour.

The universal ratification of Convention 182 is an opportunity to deliver on the promise and put an end to child labour in all its forms.

The National Council against Child Labour in the Philippines will play a crucial role to step up the pace and to build a better future of work – a future without child labour.

Thank you!