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Thursday, 16 June 2016

World Day Against Child Labour 2016, June 12

 世界無童工日, 6月12日。
Всемирный день борьбы с детским трудом, 12 июня.
World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June.
 Día mundial contra el trabajo infantil, 12 de junio.
Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants, 12 Juin.
اليوم العالمي لمناهضة عمل الأطفال في 12 حزيران.


Theme 2016 : End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!
Thème 2016 :Éliminer le travail des enfants dans les chaînes de production - C'est l'affaire de tous!
2016年主題:結束童工的供應鏈 - 這是每個人的事!
Тема 2016: Конец детского труда в цепях поставок - это дело каждого!
 Tema 2016: Eliminar el trabajo infantil en las cadenas de producción ¡Es cosa de todos!
موضوع 2016: إنهاء عمالة الأطفال في سلاسل التوريد - إنها مسؤولية الجميع!

Statement from the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour 2016, June 12th.

That child labour has no place in well-functioning and well-regulated markets is evident. But the reality is that today, child labour remains widespread in supply chains.
It is unacceptable that there are still 168 million children in child labour, 85 million of whom are in hazardous work. Child labour is found in agriculture – 99 million – to mining, from manufacturing to tourism, producing goods and services consumed by millions every day. Child labour occurs predominantly in the rural and informal economies, beyond the reach of labour inspection, the protection of workers’ organizations or the governance benefits of employers’ and producers’ organizations.
It’s not just the lack of institutional protection in the rural and informal economies that increases the risk of child labour in supply chains; in household production and on family farms, children are often highly vulnerable because parents’ incomes are insufficient or because small family enterprises and farms cannot afford to replace child labour by hiring adults and youth. Piece rate production increases the risk with child labour helping parents to make up quotas and to assure family survival when parents are not earning a living wage. Global supply chains can offer opportunities for inclusive development for supplier firms, workers and host countries, but targeted action is needed to assure just outcomes.
Beyond child labour in high profile, global supply chains, many child labourers are also found in supply chains producing for local and national consumption and they must not be ignored.
There are encouraging signs of a will to act and to prevent child labour, to achieve greater transparency and visibility along supply chains as well as more effective enforcement of relevant laws.
The ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) has been ratified by 168 member States and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) by 180 – near universal ratification. Governments are recognizing that the fight against child labour requires coherent policy packages to back child labour legislation: quality education, social protection and decent jobs for parents.
Companies are increasingly exploring how they might contribute to eliminating child labour by strengthening the capacity of enterprises throughout their supply chains – a complex task requiring partnerships involving governments, industry peers and employers’ and workers’ organizations. Forums such as the ILO’s Child Labour Platform allow enterprises to share good practices and develop new models for collaboration.
Global Framework Agreements between global trade union federations and multinational companies are one expression of global cooperation through social dialogue. At the grassroots of value chains too, rural workers’ and informal workers’ organizations are expanding innovative approaches to strengthen collective representation.
The ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy of 1977 recognizes the role of enterprises in the elimination of child labour. With its focus on development and strengthening of enterprise capacity and social dialogue, this Declaration holds great potential to guide action against child labour.
The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour.
Guy Ryder
ILO Director-General.
This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.
Live Broadcasting: ILO High Level Panel Discussion - World Day against Child Labour 2016. UN Web TV
Live broadcasting: Talk with Mr Jesús Miguel Sanz, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of European Union in Thailand and the NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand; on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour 2016.
News :
 Publications :

Eliminating and Preventing Child Labour: Checkpoints app
Resources :

Child Labour in Agriculture

Child labour on family farms should be addressed in an appropriate and context-sensitive way that respects local values and family circumstances


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