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World Day Against Child Labour - A Day of Solidarity to Eliminate Child Labour

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13 June 2016
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UNICEF in Uzbekistan joins commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour that focuses attention on the global extent of child labour and the action needed to eliminate it.

Each year on 12 June, this day brings together governments, employers, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the issues of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

This year, the focus for the World Day Against Child Labour is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour globally, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.

In Uzbekistan, significant progress has been made by the Government for the elimination of child labour. A recent report of the International Labour Organization confirms that no children under the age of 18 years old were systematically engaged into the cotton harvesting in 2015. However, more needs to be done for systemic elimination of child and forced labour.

UNICEF is concerned about the access to education, health and protection services during cotton harvesting due to possible mobilization of teachers, health workers and parents.

UNICEF will make all efforts to support initiatives to implement sustainable alternatives so that all children can remain in full-time education throughout the school year, and have access to all other social services, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is a promise that the leaders of the world have made to the children. If we fail on our promise, we fail not only the children, but ourselves and the future of this world.

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