ILO / CHILD LABOUR CONVENTION RATIFICATION

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For the first time in the history of the International Labour Organization (ILO), an International Labour Convention on the worst forms of child labour has been ratified by all Member States. ILO

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DATELINE: 04 AUGUST 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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04 AUGUST 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1.Wide shot, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, gives virtual press conference

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“The fact that Tonga has today ratified our convention on the worst forms of child labour, for the first time in ILO history, every single one of our 187 member States has ratified this convention , any convention, it’s never happened before. It’s something we aim at, particularly when it comes to fundamental rights conventions. We believe these are rules, these are requirements that should be observed universally in the world. And if you like, today’s ratification opens the door to moving forward to that target. ”

FILE – ILO - PHILIPPINES 2014

2.Various shots, child labour footage of scavenging

04 AUGUST 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“More specifically, it’s the subject matter of this ratification. This Convention 182 is designed to eliminate forms of child labour which are so totally abusive: they harm children, there are things like sexual exploitation, child soldiers, dangerous and hazardous work, things that nobody could possibly justify under any circumstance. And as of today, every country in the world - and so every child in the world - has legal protection against these forms of extreme abuse. It doesn’t mean it’s going to disappear overnight. It does mean, that the international community - all of it - has now equipped itself with instruments, possibilities, traction, ways in which we can move towards where we want to get to, which is a world free of child labour.”

FILE – ILO - INDIA 2010

4. Various shots, children working on minerals and jewelry

04 AUGUST 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“Today, a very important step forward, but there are still 152 million children in child labour, nearly half of those in the worst forms of child labour, so we are far from the end of this fight. What we have to do now, is to accelerate progress towards the full elimination of child labour. This is not a dream. In the UN2030 agenda, we’ve already set the world these goals. The international community has committed itself. We do need to increase the rate of progress. We’ve come a long way, but we’re not going to get to the 2030 goals unless we speed up progress. So what does that mean? It means the ILO, working with member States to find new ways of eliminating those places where child labour persists - I think particularly of agriculture, the informal economy on family farms. These are often situations very difficult to address. We have to re-double our efforts in that regard.”

FILE – ILO - MALAWI 2013

6. Various shots, children working in tobacco field

04 AUGUST 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“In these difficult COVID-19 times, I think we have to factor in the elimination of child labour, as one of the “better normal” that we want to create in the world of work, as we build back better from this crisis.”

FILE – ILO - MADAGASCAR 2017

8. Various shots, children picking up stones and bricks


STORYLINE:

For the first time in the history of the International Labour Organization (ILO), an International Labour Convention has been ratified by all Member States.

Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour achieved universal ratification, following ratification by the Kingdom of Tonga.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (04 Aug), ILO’s chief Guy Ryder said, “the fact that Tonga has today ratified our convention on the worst forms of child labour, for the first time in ILO history, every single one of our 187 member States has ratified this convention , any convention, it’s never happened before. It’s something we aim at, particularly when it comes to fundamental rights conventions.”

Ryder continued, “we believe these are rules, these are requirements that should be observed universally in the world. And if you like, today’s ratification opens the door to moving forward to that target.”

He explained, “more specifically, it’s the subject matter of this ratification. This Convention 182 is designed to eliminate forms of child labour which are so totally abusive: they harm children, there are things like sexual exploitation, child soldiers, dangerous and hazardous work, things that nobody could possibly justify under any circumstance.”

Ryder continued, “and as of today, every country in the world - and so every child in the world - has legal protection against these forms of extreme abuse. It doesn’t mean it’s going to disappear overnight. It does mean, that the international community - all of it - has now equipped itself with instruments, possibilities, traction, ways in which we can move towards where we want to get to, which is a world free of child labour.”

He also said, “today, a very important step forward, but there are still 152 million children in child labour, nearly half of those in the worst forms of child labour, so we are far from the end of this fight.”

The chief of ILO continued, “what we have to do now, is to accelerate progress towards the full elimination of child labour. This is not a dream. In the UN2030 agenda, we’ve already set the world these goals. The international community has committed itself. We do need to increase the rate of progress. We’ve come a long way, but we’re not going to get to the 2030 goals unless we speed up progress.”

Ryder added, “It means the ILO, working with member States to find new ways of eliminating those places where child labour persists - I think particularly of agriculture, the informal economy on family farms. These are often situations very difficult to address. We have to re-double our efforts in that regard.”

The ILO’s chief also noted that in these difficult COVID-19 times, “I think we have to factor in the elimination of child labour, as one of the “better normal” that we want to create in the world of work, as we build back better from this crisis.”

This landmark achievement comes just months before the start of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour in 2021 , to be led by the ILO in collaboration with partners. Its aim is to raise awareness of the issue and to help accelerate the pace of progress.
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