World needs to turn plans to end child labour into urgent action: ILO chief

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ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on delegates attending the Third Global Conference on Child Labour to turn the plans agreed at the conference into action that is widespread, systemic and sustainable.

The ILO chief said that clear lessons emerged from the plenary sessions that demonstrated a growing understanding of what needs to be done to eliminate child labour in a sustainable way, and that not only governments but also other actors – workers' and employers' organizations, businesses and civil society – are taking up their responsibility and showing increasing leadership.

The ILO chief warned that as the number of child labourers go down, the job of combating child labour will get tougher because it will be about getting to those children who are difficult to reach – child soldiers, children being exploited sexually, children working on farm fields and other dangerous environments. In this regard, Ryder stressed that the work for the next conference – to be hosted by Argentina in 2017 – starts now. He also called on delegates to do all they can to bring the numbers of child workers down significantly by the time they meet again.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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