Today:- Dec – The Global March Against Child Labour (Global March) was represented by its members, Board representatives and the Secretariat at the recent IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, held in Buenos Aires from 14-16 November 2017, organised by the Government of Argentina with the support from ILO. The Conference, the fourth in a series of world-wide events focusing on child labour, brought together representatives of governments, employers and workers, as well as civil society, and regional and international organisations.
This three day affair concluded with a call to action to redouble efforts to end child labour by 2025 and forced labour by 2030, and to promote decent work amongst the young people across the world, chalked out under the Buenos Aires Declaration.
With more than 3,000 participants, the Conference was structured into high level panel discussions, plenary sessions, side events and collaborative forums. The Global March contributed in essential ways to the topics of these panels, and as speakers, moderators and participants.
On Day 1 of the Conference, Global March as an international network of CSOs was invited by the Argentine civil society organisers to lead the CSO discussions with Mr. Timothy Ryan, Chairperson of Global March, playing a leading role both at the opening and closing of the 3 day discussions. In his opening remarks and presentation at the first of the three Civil Society Meetings, Mr. Ryan emphasised that we must keep focus on child labour which is a corner stone of all labour violations and social justice issues. Mr. Ryan also participated in the panel on “Supply Chains: Getting on Top of Complexity”, and discussed different approaches to human rights due diligence and the value of looking for strategic partnerships to explore the role of cross-border dialogue building partnerships between trade unions and NGOs to address child labour and forced labour in supply chains. Mr. Ryan also participated in the last CSO Meeting held during the Conference.
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