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Global March Against Child Labour - From Exploitation to Education

Tackling child labour: Key to progress on the Millennium Development Goals


Global March is pleased to announce that a special side event is being organised by the Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education For All during the forthcoming UN Summit on the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) at the UN Headquarters in New York from 20 - 22 September 2010. The event is being held on Tuesday 21st September 2010 from 13:00 - 14:45.

Global March has launched an intensive campaign in the build-up to the MDG Summit as part of the follow-up to the Global Conference on Child Labour held in The Hague, Netherlands, in May 2010. The Conference resulted in the unanimous acclamation of the output document, the Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016. A key element of the Roadmap is that it identifies child labour as a significant impediment to the attainment of the MDGs, particularly those concerning poverty alleviation, education, health and gender. It also calls for effective partnerships across the UN and the multilateral systems to address child labour and to mainstream the issue into international policy and development frameworks and indicators. These elements are at the core of the current Global March petition on the MDG Summit.

In the light of the Global March campaign, it is encouraging that the Global Task Force has planned an interactive discussion event that will consider how to mobilise support and action to take the Roadmap forward. The discussants were all closely involved in the Hague Child Labour Conference and include the following:

  • Mr Ad Melkert, Rapporteur of the Hague Child Labour Conference (to be confirmed);
  • Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children;
  • Madam Marcia Lopes,  Minister of Social Development, Brazil;
  • Ms J.M.G. Brandt, Director General of international cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands (to be confirmed);
  • Mr Olav Seim, Director of Education For All Coordination, UNESCO; 
  • Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour;
  • Representative of Education International;
  • Other speakers from among the Global Task Force partners.

The panel will be moderated by Ms Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC).

The event will be held on Floor 11 of the Church Center, 777 UN Plaza (opposite the UN building) and lunch will be served. Global March would encourage any representatives of its members and partners who may be present in New York at the time of the MDG Summit to attend this very important event and, for those who will be attending, to inform the International Secretariat using the following e-mail addresses: or We will pass the information on to the event organisers to help them in their planning.

The world is only five short years away from 2015 and we know we are off track on achieving the MDGs. If we fail to achieve them, then inevitably we will fail to achieve the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. Roadmap 2016 sets out an agenda to accelerate action to achieve its ambitious goal. Political commitment needs to be translated into tangible resources and concrete action to achieve the MDGs and the elimination of child labour. We need a strong presence and voice at the Global Task Force event to ensure that this message gets across to the UN, its agencies and donors so that clear decisions and recommendations emerge on child labour from the MDG Summit and the panel discussion.

  The partners of the Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education For All include the ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNDP, EFA-FTI, Education International and the Global March Against Child Labour.
Global March Against Child Labour - From Exploitation to Education

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