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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.
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