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Child Labour

Often working children operate in hazardous conditions without safety precautions. This Bolivian boy in La Paz is preparing to saw a heavy iron bar.

Often working children operate in hazardous conditions without safety precautions. This Bolivian boy in La Paz is preparing to saw a heavy iron bar.

Quotes

“Millions of children are victims of violence and exploitation. They are physically and emotionally vulnerable and they can be scarred for life by mental or emotional abuse. That is why children should always have the first claim on our attention and resources. They must be at the heart of our thinking on challenges we are addressing on a daily basis. We know what to do, and we know how to do it. The means are at hand, it is up to us to seize the opportunity and build a world that is fit for children.”

Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Remarks on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, New York, 20 November 2009

“No to child labour is our stance. Yet 215 million are in child labour as a matter of survival. A world without child labour is possible with the right priorities and policies: quality education, opportunities for young people, decent work for parents, a basic social protection floor for all. Driven by conscience, let’s muster the courage and conviction to act in solidarity and ensure every child’s right to his or her childhood. It brings rewards for all.”

Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General

“Few human rights abuses are so widely condemned, yet so widely practised. Let us make (child labour) a priority. Because a child in danger is a child that cannot wait.”

Kofi Annan,
Former UN Secretary-General