Global March Against Child Labour: From Exploitation to Education
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Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of Global March Against Child Labour Spoke in Clinton Global Initiatives
 

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 –CGI in its 5th Annual meeting brought together world leaders on one platform to recognize the importance of the of tackling child  trafficking for forced labour which is , affecting every country around the world. Global March Against Child Labour was invited to participate in the meeting because GMACL with its partners have been working on the issue of child trafficking for forced labour in South Asia and would be expanding it world wide.

Kailash Satyarthi, chair of the Global March Against Child Labor, said many children from Bangladesh and Nepal are sold to India to work as forced labourers for as little as $40. His organization works to reduce the number of children sold into virtual slavery, but Satyarthi said it’s a tough fight to convince the industry not to use such labor. I would strongly recommend that a Global Compact on Human Trafficking and Slavery be launched. The Compact must be action-oriented, time bound, and based on an accountability framework, led by a group of global leaders, select govts., corporations and civil society representatives with a proven track record in this field. It should device intent of commitments, a plan of action, and a resource plan.  

The concept was accepted by all the delegates and Global Week of Action to Stop Human Trafficking and Slavery was launched in CGI. The Action Group on Human Trafficking and Slavery would be formed which is expected to be a broad coalition of civil society organizations – human rights groups, anti-trafficking agencies, development and child rights agencies, businesses and unions active across the world. This Action Group on Human Trafficking and Slavery will be convened by the Global March Against Child Labour.

About Clinton Global Initiative

In 2005, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative to turn ideas into action and to help our world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. By gathering world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, CGI creates a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable Commitments to Action.

CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already improved more than 200 million lives in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to impact almost 160 million people.

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The Global March Against Child Labour is a movement to mobilise worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.