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The Way Forward

Marking the way forward

The outcome document makes a number of key points in outlining the way forward:

Promoting and strengthening national ownership and leadership in development with individual countries taking primary responsibility for their own development.

Encouraging broad consultation and participation of all national stakeholders in the development process.

Calling on the UN system and other development actors to support the design and implementation of development strategies.

Emphasising the importance of mobilising financial resources within the global partnership for development.

Calling for further reform and modernisation of the international financial institutions to better serve the needs of member States.

Enhancing policy coherence at all levels.

Promoting sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth for all, particularly the poor, and ensuring this leads to job creation and decent work and is complemented by effective social policies, including the establishment of social protection floors.

Ensuring that by 2015 all girls and boys will be able to complete a full course of primary education.

Highlighting the importance of gender equality and empowerment of women to drive forward the MDG agenda.

Calling on the private sector to contribute to poverty eradication, including by adapting business models to the needs and capacities of the poor and committing to corporate social responsibility and action.

Underlining the importance of a strong, well-coordinated, coherent and effective UN that is accountable, transparent and more results-focused in its work.

Calling for increased South-South cooperation.

Highlighting the need to strengthen national statistical systems.

Each of these strategic elements, if they are met, will contribute significantly to the elimination and prevention of all forms of child labour and would go a long way in supporting the elimination of worst forms of child labour by 2016. Global March is disappointed that the outcome document did not go as far as endorsing an international financial transactions tax, but will continue to press this demand with other partners.

Our role over the next five years, therefore, is to ensure that these strategic commitments are met and that we play a coherent and effective public watchdog role in this process. For governments and the UN to be held accountable, we will have to constantly remind them of their responsibilities and promises and keep them on track. This must be our promise to the world’s child labourers