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Fourth anniversary of the Regional Initiative

30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean innovate to end child labour by 2025

After four years of articulated work, based on social dialogue, the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour has managed to design and validate an instrument to develop local vulnerability maps that will allow member countries to design preventive strategies to interrupt the child labour trajectory and accelerate the reduction of the indicator in the region.

The instrument, called the Child Labour Risk Identification Model, has been applied in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru during 2017 and in 2018-2019 the implementation has started in Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala and Jamaica, countries in which it is expected to strengthen local policies anchored in participatory planning oriented towards specific goals of reducing child labour.

Child labour: tripartite priority in the Americas

The Regional Initiative has been recognized in the Panama Declaration for the ILO Centenary: the future of work in the Americas (Panama, October 2018) as an effective and current mechanism that contributes to the efforts made by countries to achieve Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda and that will allow following up on what was agreed upon at the IV World Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour (Buenos Aires, November 2017).

With this action, the Regional Initiative contributes to the territorialisation of the 2030 Agenda, by developing and applying policy tools aimed at achieving Target 8.7. This action, focused on countries, is complemented by a strategy to promote South-South Cooperation, which throughout this four years of work has been able to capitalize on the experience, knowledge and capacity of the countries on issues such as youth employment, dangerous work, inspection, public-private partnerships, domestic work, among others.

The platform of the Regional Initiative has also made it possible to boost multi-actor work through interagency action between the ILO, ECLAC and FAO. Also, the coordination with the International Organization of Employers (OIE) and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (CSA) has been renewed and has strengthened the tripartite approach to action, while the relationship with the private sector through the Global Compact has allowed to add their commitment and experience in following the associated Principles.

With the civil society organizations, integrated in the Global March against Child Labour, the Regional Initiative has promoted an approach to identify spaces of joint and complementary action that reinforce the commitment of the countries and at the same time evidence the persistent challenges.

To overcome the inequality gaps in the region in a definitive way, we must not leave anyone behind. Building a better future requires us to prevent the early insertion of children into child labour, restore the rights of the 10.5 million children and adolescents who still work, especially those who perform illicit work, and protect the rights of adolescent in permitted work.

In the last four years, Latin America and the Caribbean has demonstrated its potential to reach Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda in time and to accompany the first generation free of child labour in the region. Let us continue to working in a participative and coordinated manner for the children and adolescents that are the future human talent that will make our region inclusive and sustainable.

Within the framework of the fourth anniversary of the Regional Initiative, its Network of Focal Points has a message to remind us that ending child labour depends on all of us, all different sectors and organizations. Look at it (also available in Spanish).

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