Launch of the Fair Share to end Child Labor campaign, 21 January 2021

 

Remarks by Angel Gurría,

Secretary-General, OECD

Paris, 21 January 2021

Dear Kailash, dear friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic has put in peril decades of progress on eradicating child labour, by pushing many families into poverty.

Since the adoption of the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour in 1999, remarkable improvements have been realised. However, around one-in-ten children are still deprived of a safe and protected childhood. This is intolerable.

The world needs to keep fighting this scourge. We need to keep pushing for stronger measures to protect children. And we need reliable figures to commit all stakeholders to action.

This is where the OECD plays a crucial role. In 2019, in collaboration with the ILO, IOM and UNICEF, we provided the first global estimates of child labour in global supply chains. We revealed that a good part of child labour is ‘hidden’.

For example, between 28% and 43% of the child labour is estimated to contribute to exports indirectly. What this shows is the reality that ending child labour requires a whole-of-supply chain approach.

And we have established partnerships and communication with champions like Kailash Satyarthi. And we will keep working to combat this curse together.

The OECD is fully committed to the three-pronged approach called for by the Fair Share Campaign - to end child labour by ensuring that all children get their fair share of resources, policies and protection, as well as to help governments design, develop and deliver, better child protection policies, for better lives.

We must act now! So let’s work together !

Thank you.

 

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