EU Stands Against Child Labor: Joint Commission Statement

On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell issued the following statement.

On this World Day Against Child Labour, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell issued the following statement:

“The European Union has a long-standing commitment to eradicating child labor and safeguarding children’s rights. On this World Day Against Child Labor, this phenomenon remains widespread on the planet, as does forced labor and other forms of exploitation targeting children. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), child labor still affects 160 million children, half of whom are exploited in hazardous work.

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Durban Call to Action, and as outlined in the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024EN, the European Union is determined to eradicate forced labour, put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking and eliminate all forms of child labor by 2025.

The EU Global Strategy on the Rights of the Child (2021-2024)EN has placed the eradication of child labor at the heart of its global dimension and, with the first-ever Action Plan for youth in external actionFR, concrete follow-up measures were proposed.

The EU aspires to become a member of Alliance 8.7 and, together with its partners, is determined to accelerate all efforts necessary to protect and safeguard the rights of all children and enable them to enjoy their childhood without be subject to any form of exploitation or abuse. »

This article is originally published on france.representation.ec.europa.eu

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