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Get firmly on track towards eliminating child labour: UN to world community on World Day Against Child Labour Children
This year, the theme of the World Day Against Child Labour Children, June 12, is "Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams!" Coordinated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2012, the observance is held across the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

"Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams. Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Although child labour occurs in almost every sector, seven out of every ten is in agriculture," informs the UN website.

"On this World Day, we also look forward towards UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025. In support of Alliance 8.7, we call for immediate action to address the remaining challenges so that the world community can get firmly on track towards eliminating child labour. A newly released ILO report points the way with policy approaches and responses," it urges.

It further adds, "On this World Day we call for full ratification and implementation of Convention No. 182 and of the ILO's Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138). We also encourage ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, which protects both adults and children."

Drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and renewed global commitment to ending child labour, the UN has called on the global community thus, "Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms."

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