The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a comprehensive, ambitious and transformation-driven policy guide, applicable to all countries in the world in which decent work is prominently upheld through a dedicated goal, namely Sustainable Development Goal 8, which combines targets oriented towards inclusive growth, economic diversification, encouraging formalization, reducing youth unemployment, and eliminating forced labour and child labour in all its forms.

Ending this situation will have multiplier effects, which will allow our region to achieve other goals on the Global Agenda:

  • Full and productive employment and decent work (Target 8.5)

  • Protect labour rights (Target 8.8)

  • Youth employment (Target 8.3)

  • Poverty (Targets 1.1 and 1.2)

  • Quality primary and secondary  education (Target 4.1)

  • Skills for employment (Targets 4.3 and 4.4)

  • Achieve literacy and numeracy (Target 4.6)

  • Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls (Target 5.2)

  • Responsible migration (Target 10.7)

  • End of child abuse, exploitation and trafficking (Target 16.2)

  • Ensure inclusive and participatory decision-making (Target 16.10) 

What if we do not eliminate child labour?

  • Successful youth employment would be hindered (Target 8.6)

  • Full protection of labour rights would not be achieved (Target 8.8)

  • Full and productive employment would not be achieved (Target 8.5)

  • Decent work would not be achieved

The elimination of child labour is an urgent task and a possible goal to achieve. Most of our countries need to allocate 0.3% of their GDP in the next 10 years to put an end to it by 20251. However, this requires political will and effective policies.

Roadmap of The Hague and the Global Plan of Action for the Elimination of Child Labour by 20162

Approved in November 2010 by the 183 member states of the ILO and endorsed during the Second World Child Labour Conference (The Hague, 2010), it presents a strategic program based on three pillars:

  • Supporting national responses to child labour, in particular through more effective mainstreaming of child labour concerns in national policies and development programs

  • Deepening and strengthening the major catalyst role of the global movement

  • Promoting greater integration of child labour issues in the priorities of the ILO, namely the decent work country programs

 The Hemispheric Agenda on Decent Work 2006-20153

Adopted at the Sixteenth American Regional Meeting of the ILO (Brasilia, 2006), it is an articulated policy strategy that combines actions in the economic, legal, institutional and labour market fields in order to advance the promotion of decent work in the Americas. Among the policy measures to promote effective compliance with the fundamental principles and rights at work, governments, employers and workers in the region have set themselves the goal of progressive elimination of child labour through two political targets:

  • Eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2015

  • Eliminate child labour altogether by 2020

“As they grow, so do you. Eliminating child labour, an investment with great returns”. International Labour Organization, 2015