On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June the EU made the statement on defence of “hundreds of millions of children who should be in school” but are forced to work, often in dangerous conditions. EU reaffirm its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's target to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.
According to the statement, EU is helping more children to access education, further works to “strengthen the systems that protect children, give special focus on the refugee crisis where many children are displaced, protecting children at all stages of migration”. The Commission set out a strategy “to protect all children in migration and ensure children don't fall in the hands of criminal networks using them as workers”.
The EU supports the ratification and effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour and the ILO Convention 138 on the minimum age for employment.
“We will continue to support our partner countries in eliminating child labour in global supply chains through integrated interventions such as better jobs for youth and adults of working age and advocating for responsible production and consumption. Continuing to deliver on social protection floors is also a key factor contributing to a decline in child labour”, stated the EU.