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Child Labour

Next Steps

The accomplishments of the past years give cause for hope.  Yet important challenges remain.  Greater political commitment and national ownership is needed, supported by a more vibrant worldwide movement.  Taken together, these factors can create a political environment that raises action against child labour to a level sufficient to have a real impact.  The vision of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is a world where communities and sectors are increasingly and verifiably child labour free.

In this context, the ILO/IPEC aims to assist its member States and the world community to pursue the goal of eliminating all forms of child labour, with a focus on the eradication of its worst forms as a priority.  In 2006, the ILO Governing Body endorsed a Global Action Plan which reconfirmed commitment to the elimination of child labour as one of the Organization’s highest priorities.  The Global Action Plan sets out a strategy over the years to 2016.  In pursuit of this ambitious goal, IPEC has strengthened its role as a promoter and facilitator of effective responses to child labour in all countries through:

The 2010 ILO Global Report on Child Labour called for specific action by the ILO to hasten the pace of progress towards the 2016 target.  This action will focus on:

Children working side by side with adults at a mine in Assam, India.

Children working side by side with adults at a mine in Assam, India.