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Within the framework of the International Day for South-South Cooperation

New virtual platform on child labour

The Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean free of child labour (RI) officially launched its new virtual platform www.iniciativa2025alc.org , within the framework of the International Day for South-South Cooperation.

This tool has been created as an interactive forum for sharing contents, ideas, reflections and for the coordination of all the stakeholders belonging to the public and private sector and civil society, committed to prevent and eradicate child labour in the region.

The new website provides updated information and improves the capacities of countries to achieve target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks to "...secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour ... and, by 2025, end child labour in all its forms".

 

What is the Regional Initiative?

It is a platform for intergovernmental cooperation, with the active participation of employers and workers, composed of 26 countries that committed to render Latin America and the Caribbean the first region free of child labour by 2025.

One of the most interesting aspects of the website is its "Resources" section, where the Regional Initiative makes available to Internet users a list of best practices for child labour prevention and eradication, a map of the institutions engaged in the fight against child labour at the regional level, a web application on the acceleration factors for child labour reduction in the region, and a toolbox on migrant children. Soon will be included an application concerning SDGs and child labour reduction, and available resources will be enriched and expanded to facilitate countries and actors, members of the Initiative, to use their capabilities and promote South-South cooperation to accelerate child labour reduction.

In addition, the platform will give access to the Initiative’s social networks and its YouTube channel, which contributed to the creation of an active online community in the discussion and proposal of innovations for the prevention and reduction of child labour, and the protection of permitted adolescent work in the region.

The platform launch is the result of the joint work of governments involved in the Initiative and workers and employers organizations, with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which serves as the Technical Secretariat of the Regional Initiative.

Authorities of the different countries such as Aura Leticia Teleguario, Minister of Labour of Guatemala; Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary of Labour of Mexico, and Carlos Alvarado, Minister of Labour of Costa Rica, have joined the campaign to advertise the virtual platform, and call for a collective action in favour of the present and future of children and adolescents in the region.

Maria Paz Anzorreguy, Senior Advisor for Americas of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), and Victor Baez, Secretary General of the Trade Union Confederation of Americas (CSA-TUCA), also joined the launch of the platform, and reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion of a sustainable region free of child labour, highlighting the importance of this tool for the promotion of initiatives in this field.

Similarly, Beate Andrees, Chief of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, reiterated that the platform will promote measures aimed at the eradication of child labour by 2025, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Director for the Americas, reaffirmed the commitment of the Organization with the countries of the region to achieve together target 8.7.

To watch the promotional video go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK8wi-iB4M8

Para ver los videos completos de cada vocero ingresa a:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6O_CecWhOm4j16W7nU992Q

To enrich the platform and expand its knowledge base and actors involved, the Regional Initiative encourages to share information, researches, and studies that promote the achievement of target 8.7 in the region by sending an email to: iniciativaregional@ilo.org

 

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