South-South and Trilateral Cooperation

On 19 March 2011 the Governments of Brazil and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote South-South and Trilateral Cooperation around the ILO's Decent Work Agenda. The MoU – signed by US Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota at the start of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Brazil – sets out a series of guidelines under which both governments will promote activities in areas of the ILO’s mandate in countries selected by mutual agreement. As a result, the first ILO North-South-South 'triangular cooperation agreement' was signed on 15 June 2011 to eradicate child labor in Haiti. The triangular agreement was signed by the US Department of State, the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor of Haiti, and the ILO. The agreement follows a decision by the governments of Brazil and the US to work jointly on issues related to the world of work, in particular child labor.

Brazil, U.S. and ILO expand fight against child labor in Haiti - first ILO North-South-South "triangular agreement"

The agreement stresses the important need to eradicate and prevent child labor and to ensure that core international labor standards and principles are observed in the Republic of Haiti, especially during the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in January and the country’s reconstruction process.”

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