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Roadmap 2016

Consultative Group and Roadmap 2016

The key outcome of the conference will be a Roadmap outlining a strategic plan between 2010 and 2016, the year by which it is hoped that all ILO member States will eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

In order to prepare this key output, the conference organisers established a Consultative Group composed of around 20 representatives from governments, employers’ organisations, trade unions, civil society and international organisations. The key partners in this process for the ILO were the tripartite constituents (governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations) and its international partners, including UNICEF and the World Bank. Global March, through Chair Kailash Satyarthi, was also invited to join the group.

The first meeting was held in November 2009 and the second in March 2010, both at the ILO in Geneva. Two draft outlines of the Roadmap 2016 were produced during that period. Subsequently, a first draft of the Roadmap itself was circulated in February 2010 for comments from the group. A second draft was produced following comments and is currently being circulated among the Consultative Group and conference invitees for final comments by 23rd April 2010. A third draft will then be distributed on 9th May 2010 at the conference for the plenary discussions to be held from 16:30 to 18:00 that day.

Global March was concerned by earlier drafts of the Roadmap, particularly in terms of ensuring political commitment to commit significantly increased resources to ensure that not only the goal of 2016 can be achieved, but that greater efforts to eliminate all forms of child labour could be improved. However, some of these concerns have been reflected in subsequent revisions to the Roadmap.

Please click here for a copy of the Global March revision of the 1st draft of Roadmap 2016.

Global March and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) were therefore at the forefront of efforts within the Consultative Group to improve the content of the Roadmap, making key proposals for amendments and modifications, including:

strengthening reference to working towards the elimination of all forms of child labour and to the inclusion of the ILO Minimum Age Convention No. 138;

calling for the injection of significantly increased resources through the establishment of enhanced funding mechanisms;

emphasising the roles and responsibilities of governments, the international agencies and the international community;

expressing concern over the rapid growth of social auditing and monitoring initiatives and the need to ensure that state labour inspection mechanisms are not left behind;

calling for a stronger focus on the implementation and follow-up to the Roadmap, including revitalising the Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education and much greater investment into the efforts of the worldwide movement.

Although the Roadmap has been somewhat strengthened, it could be improved further and Global March calls upon all members, partners and like-minded organisations – particularly those invited to the conference – to participate as fully as possible in reviewing the 2nd draft of the Roadmap and commenting as appropriate, particularly in terms of Part II of the document regarding the monitoring and follow-up mechanisms and ensuring the allocation of adequate resources to enable these to be done effectively and for all stakeholders to be meaningfully involved to ensure coherence and reinforce impact.

Click here to download the 3rd draft of Roadmap 2016.

Click here to download the 2nd draft of Roadmap 2016.

Click here for more information on the cosultative process.

Please click here for a copy of the comments by Global March on the 2nd Draft of Roadmap 2016 submitted to conference organisers on 20 April 2010.

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