ROME, Nov. 2 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu said on Tuesday that effective action and strong leadership are needed to eradicate child labor by 2025.
The first day of the Global Solutions Forum: Speaking at a joint event to eradicate child labor in agriculture, Dongyu noted that the UN 2030 Agenda aims to achieve 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. With only four agricultural seasons to achieve that goal, he said, strong and sustainable leadership of stakeholders in the global agri-food sector is important.
A total of 160 million children worldwide, nearly one in ten are involved in child labor. About 70 percent of them – about 112 million – work in the production of crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, according to the latest data from the FAO event.
The PL agency note further states that Director General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder has promised that “child labor is not an escape from poverty” and, on the contrary, extends it from generation to generation.
On the other hand, Henrietta Four, Managing Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), pointed out that some solutions include support for low-income sectors, better health and education services, and the expansion of the birth register. Child and social security in general.
The event is sponsored by the FAO in collaboration with the International Labor Organization and the International Union for Child Labor Cooperation in Agriculture.