Latin America and Caribbean commits to eradication of child labour by 2020

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ILO Director-General Guy Ryder speaks at a press conference in Lima, Peru, shortly before the 18th American Regional Meeting began. At left is Elizabeth Tinoco, the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: ILO

An initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020 has been launched by 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The UN says there are 12.5 million children involved in child labour across the region, of which the vast majority are in hazardous work.

The initiative was signed at the 18th American Regional Meeting, of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is taking place in Lima, Peru.

In recent years, the ILO says important achievements have been made in reducing the number of working young people in the region by 7.5 million.

However, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder warned that if progress continues at the same pace, it will require at least 40 years to achieve the goal of total eradication.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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