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Employers emphasise collective critical determination to eradicating child labour and forced labour

22.11.2017 14:10 Age: 21 days
Category: news, Child Labour, Forced Labour

Employers reiterated the need to garner and maintain collective support to eradicate child labour and forced labour during the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour.

The Conference concluded with a call for action to accelerate efforts to end child labour by 2025 and forced labour by 2030, and to generate more decent employment opportunities for young people around the world. The Buenos Aires Declaration was delivered on the last day of the three-day conference that convened delegations from around the world including a significant number of employer organisations and business representatives. The Declaration reaffirms the commitment of all tripartite constituents to eradicate child labour and forced labour.

"Collective critical determination is the key to eradicate child labour and forced labour and to provide opportunities for youth," said Daniel Funes de Rioja, former IOE President and Employer Vice-Chair of the Conference. "Companies, when considering their supply chains, have a corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Child labour must be addressed through partnerships with all stakeholders," said Linda Kromjong, IOE Secretary-General.

The Conference was organised by the Argentinian government with the support of the ILO and brought together representatives of governments, employers and workers, as well as civil society, and regional and international organisations. More than 90 pledges to eradicate child labour and forced labour were made by national delegations participating in the Conference.

The Buenos Aires Declaration recalls that there are an estimated 152 million boys and girls in child labour, including 73 million engaged in the worst forms of child labour. 25 million people continue to be subjected to forced labour, including 4 million children, and at least 71 million young people are unemployed around the world.

Victoria Giulietti, Employer representative from Argentina, together with representatives from the Argentinian Government and Argentinian Workers, presented the Declaration to the ILO.

The final document of the Conference spells out a series of principles and actions, which it urges governments, social partners, civil society organisations and interested parties to adopt. The actions covered by the Declaration convern: policy and governance; knowledge, data and monitoring; and partnerships and innovation.

The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour took place from 14-16 November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

View the employers' contribution to the Conference on Twitter

Access the Buenos Aires Declaration

For more information, please contact María Paz Anzorreguy, Senior Adviser