FAIR SHARE TO END CHILD LABOUR HELPS PUT SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN ON GLOBAL AGENDA
Following the launch of the Fair Share to End Child Labour campaign, Laureates and Leaders produced a briefing and hosted a UN General Assembly event focused on universal social protection for children living in low-income countries. Social protection for children and their families can prevent the kind of extreme poverty that forces children out of school and into work. At the end of September 2021, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the International Labour Organization announced the global accelerator on jobs and social protection; and in 2022 the World Day Against Child Labour theme was 'Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour'.
LAUNCH OF THE FAIR SHARE TO
END CHILD LABOUR CAMPAIGN
The Fair Share to End Child Labour campaign was created as a direct result of the Fair Share for Children Summit, hosted by Laureates and Leaders for Children in September 2020. Launched at the start of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, the Fair Share campaign aims to accelerate an end to child labour by demanding a fair share of resources, policies, and protection.
The campaign comprises a coalition of multilateral organisations, business leaders, student and trade union leaders, and faith leaders from all over the world. The launch featured speakers and supporters including Guy Ryder, DG of the International Labour Organization; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG of the World Health Organization; Gabriela Ramos, ADG at UNESCO; and Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate and Child Rights Activist.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS CALL FOR A FAIR SHARE FOR CHILDREN
In May 2020, concerned by the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and inspired by the 100 Million youth leaders’ Justice for Every Child campaign, Laureates and Leaders convened 88 Nobel laureates and world leaders to release a joint statement calling for a fair share of the global economic response to be allocated to the world’s most marginalised children.
KAILASH SATYARTHI ADVOCATES WITH WORLD LEADERS
Over the period, Mr. Satyarthi has advocated with world leaders including as HH Pope Francis, German Chancellor HE Angela Merkel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina HE Jorge Faurie, the Prime Minister’s Offices of Canada and Norway, as well as the governments of France and Thailand, calling for a comprehensive UN convention to address the online abuse of children, one of the core issues recognised in the Dead Sea Declaration.
The governments of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Germany and Singapore have also been engaged on this issue.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS ACT URGENTLY FOR PEACE
In March 2019, Laureates and Leaders for Children convened a group of 74 Nobel laureates and 4 world leaders to write to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, urging them not to go to war. In September 2019, Laureates and Leaders contributed to the outcome document at the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Merida, Mexico, calling urgently to build a culture of peace.
OECD COMMITS TO REPORTING MEASURES FOR CHILD WELL-BEING
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría committed to incorporate the well-being of children into OECD measures and indicators of inclusive growth. At the G20 Summit 2017, he called for the world’s governments to support Laureates and Leaders for Children, reiterating the need for urgent action to end slavery and ensure all children are educated. The result was a report released in November 2019 by OECD and the ILO on child labour in global supply chains.
HE LORENA CASTILLO GARCIA
PRESENTS DECLARATION TO
Laureates and Leaders Steering Committee member and then-First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo Garcia, presented the 2018 Dead Sea Declaration to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
INDIA RATIFIES ILO CONVENTION 182
The Indian Labour Minister announced the ratification of ILO Convention 182 for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, and enacted legislation in India against the most hazardous forms of child labour.
16TH WORLD SUMMIT OF NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES CALLS FOR FINANCING FOR CHILD-FOCUSED SDGS
At the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in February 2017, Nobel Laureates recognised the violence children suffer whether from conflict, climate change, early marriage, child labour or human trafficking, or poverty as a serious global crisis, and called on governments to allocate the financial resources to implement the related UN Sustainable Development Goals.