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Programme & Venue

Saturday, 28 July 2012

09.00 am – 10.30 am

Official opening and welcome
Chair: Tim Ryan, Solidarity Center, and Global March


Welcome Remarks by Tim Ryan


Introduction of the Chief Guest by Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour


Opening Address by Chief Guest, Senator Tom Harkin, United State Senate


Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States


Les Kettledas, Deputy Director-General, Labour Policy and International Relations, Ministry of Labour, Republic of South Africa


Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary, Education International


Geronimo Venegas, President IUF Agricultural Trade Group


Constance Thomas; Director, International Labour Organization’s International Programme for Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC)


Kailash Satyarthi

10.30 am – 10.50 am

Coffee break

10.50 am – 11.20 am

Chair: Tim Ryan
Presentation of Global March working paper for the conference, key areas and messages  - Peter Hurst
Presentation of the methodology for achieving outcomes from the Conference – Sue Longley, IUF

11.20 am – 13.00 am

Panel & Plenary discussion - Eliminating child labour in agriculture – the challenges  & the context
Chair: Assefa Bequele


Gaps in the legal protection against child trafficking and slavery in agriculture: Bhuwan Ribhu, Bachpan Bachao Andolan


Lack of labour rights in agriculture:  Rafael Sandramu, TOTAWUM


Small farmers - not in debate: participant from farmers organisation: Mariame Yaya, Coopérative Agricole Kavokiva de Daloa (Cote d'Ivoire) and José Américo Saviñón Sánchez, (Sugar producers, Mexico)


Child labour in US agriculture: Norma Flores and Zama Coursen Neff, Child Labor Coalition

13.00 pm – 14.30 pm


14.30 pm – 15.45 pm

Parallel Workshops – finding solutions


Mainstream child labour concerns in agricultural policy
Facilitator: Paola Termine, International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture


Addressing child labour in neglected sub-sectors
Facilitator: Bernd Seiffert, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Identifying networks and organisations to work with on elimination of CL in agriculture
Facilitator: Virginia Murillo Hererra, DNI Costa Rica; and Global March

15.45 pm – 16.00 pm

Coffee break

16.00 pm – 17.30 pm

Chair of session –Ana Vasquez, CESIP; and Global March
Workshop report backs and plenary discussions
Chair’s summary of the day

Sunday, 29 July 2012

09.00 am – 10.30 am

What works – good practices and experiences from regions and sectors/crops
Chair – Simon Steyne, ILO-IPEC
Andrews A Tagoe, GAWU, Ghana
Baldemar Valasquez, FLOC USA
Sonia Velasquez, ECLT Foundation, Switzerland
Daphne Culnag, A2BK/WorldVision, Philippines
Tania Dornellas dos Santos, CONTAG, Brésil

10.30 am – 11.00 am

Coffee break

11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Parallel Workshops – good practices


Moving from hazardous child labour to decent youth employment
Facilitator: Vicki Walker, Winrock International and Bright Appiah Ghana


Using supply chain leverage to eliminate child labour in agriculture 
Facilitator: Tim Ryan and Neha Misra, Solidarity Center and Benjamin Smith, ILO-IPEC


Trade union action to eliminate child labour in agriculture 
Facilitator: Paulomee Mistry, GALU, India and Peter Bakvis, ITUC-Global Office Washington DC

12.30 pm – 14.00 pm


14.00 pm – 14.45 pm

Chair Helen Toth, International Center on Child Labor and Education (ICCLE)
Presentation of the workshop reports and discussion

14.45 pm – 15.45 pm

Chair Camila Croso, Global Campaign for Education

Education a key tool for elimination of child labour
Abdelazziz Mountassir, SNE Maroc; and Education International
Robert Prouty, Global Partnership on Education

Protecting children in agriculture and Right to Food
Eliminating child labour to promote right to food and food security: U Roberto (Robin) Romano, photographer-journalist

15.45 pm – 16.00 pm

Coffee break

16.00 pm –17.30pm

Participants’ experiences in tackling child labour in agriculture
Chair – Cleophas Mally, WAO Afrique; and Global March
a. Dilli Chaudhary, BASE Nepal; SOUTH ASIA
b. Sybil Nandi Msezane, Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre, ANGLOPHONE AFRICA
c. Honoré Boua Bi, IPEC Cote d’Ivoire, FRANCOPHONE AFRICA
d. Carolina Marta Abrales, CTERA, Argentina, SOUTH AMERICA
e Victoria Cruz, IPEC Mexico CENTRAL AMERICA

30 July 2012, Monday (half day)

09.00 am –09.20 am

Summary of the discussions – Frans Roselaers, Global March

09.20 am – 11.00 am

Presentation of the outcome document on collective commitments to end child labour in agriculture – Sue Longley, IUF and chair of conference drafting committee

Discussion on the outcome document – Moderated by Frans Roselaers

11.00 am – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Official closing
Chair Kailash Satyarthi, Global March



Eric Biel, Associate Deputy Undersecretary, US Department of Labor



Barbara Shailor, Special Representative, US State Department



Global March Regional Coordinator



US trade unionist /Victor Baez



Senator Tom Harkin, United States Senate



Vote of Thanks by Kailash Satyarthi

12.30 pm – 13.30 pm




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