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Focus on child labour, youth employment and agriculture

Global March welcomes the inclusion of child labour elimination in the outcome document when it states that Heads of State commit themselves to:

“Taking appropriate steps to assist one another in the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, strengthening child protection systems and combating trafficking in children through, inter alia, enhanced international cooperation and assistance, including support for social and economic development, poverty eradication programmes and universal education.”

This is a significant step forward for the worldwide movement against child labour and will help us in moving the agenda Roadmap 2016 forward. Including a reference to child labour elimination in the outcome document is important, but this needs to be further underpinned by the development and integration of specific child labour indicators across key MDGs. This point was well made by high-level speakers at the side event of the Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education and Global March will follow this up with the UN, the ILO and other relevant agencies.

The section referring to MDGs 1 on extreme poverty and hunger and 2 on education also introduce several other crucial elements that already figure in the Global March strategic plan of action, including: opportunities for youth to access decent work; removing all barriers to ensure that all children can access good quality education; the need to enhance agricultural production, productivity and sustainability in developing countries and supporting small-scale agricultural producers; and improving global food security and access to water.