About the Conference
Global March Against Child Labour as a part of its strategic targeting of agriculture as a priority is organizing International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture from 28-30 July 2012 at the Double Tree Hotel in Washington D.C., USA.
According to the new ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour report 20.9 million men women and children are the victims. 18.7 million (90%) people are in forced labour in the private economy, exploited by individuals or enterprises. Out of these , 14.2 million (68%) in forced labour exploitation in activities such as agriculture, construction, domestic work and manufacturing.
Agriculture is the sector where, according to latest ILO estimates, around 60 per cent of child labourers around the world work and the problem is not limited to developing countries but occurs in industrialised countries as well. And yet, it remains a sector where limited progress has been made to address child labour and where programmes are under-developed.
There needs to be an improved knowledge base, the introduction of more efficient and effective resources, the implementation of sustainable and long-term programmes and the mainstreaming of child labour across policies, programmes and legislative frameworks. As part of its ongoing efforts, Global March has reached out to agriculture-based multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Foundation (ECLT), as well as the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture to enhance knowledge management through sharing models of good practice in subsistence agriculture and strengthening coherence and collaboration between child labour elimination networks and movements. The ILO-IPEC is supportive of Global March's International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture.
The conference will be attended by key partners from UN, inter-governmental, employer, farmer and trade union organisations, civil society organisations and others to share knowledge and capacity, build and strengthen innovative and strategic partnerships and establish a strategic platform of action and follow-up, including for Roadmap 2016 and National Action Plans on Child Labour.