“U.N. hails ‘historic’ milestone in global drive to end child labour” – Reuters – August 4, 2020

On August 4, 2020 Reuters reported that the “United Nations’ labour agency hailed a “historic” milestone on Tuesday in the drive to end child labour after a global treaty to protect children from sexual exploitation, forced labour and armed conflict was signed by all member states.

The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s convention against the worst forms of child labour was backed this week by the Pacific island nation of Tonga, making it the first U.N. labour treaty to be ratified by all 187 of its members.

The convention, which is legally binding on governments, was adopted in 1999 and has been ratified amid rising concerns that economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could reverse two decades of gains in combating child labour.

The United Nations has a target of ending all forms of child labour by 2025 – one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon in 2015 to address a range of global ills.”

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