Children in Philippines, Myanmar more at risk to natural disasters: ILO

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

According to an official statement delivered in Geneva, the minister called it a historic moment and said the ratification reaffirmed India's "commitment to a child labor-free society".

He said the government was committed to protecting children's rights and complying with the child Labour laws and regulations and global conventions such as the Children's Act, Human Trafficking Act, Convention on the Rights of the Child among other worldwide conventions ratified by the nation. This is something of a feat given that there are many other issues on the state's priority list that take precedence over the objective of eliminating child labour.

The Indian government today deposited with the International Labour Office (ILO) the instruments of ratification of the two fundamental ILO Conventions concerning the elimination of child labour - the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No 138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182).

In a series of tweets on the ratification, Satyarthi said he attributed the "achievement to millions of children who marched with me in 1998 across 103 countries to demand" the adoption of the Minimum Wage Convention. "It now remains a collective responsibility of everyone to do their bit to remove the scourge of child labour from the country", Satyarthi had said.

The agency said these children could also become victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

"In addition, the assessments found children exploited through hazardous work such as agriculture, scrap metal, scavenging, construction, and illicit activities such as drug trafficking and begging", he said.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the commitment of the 8th Senate to work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to eliminate all forms of Child Labour in the country. "Eighty-five million of them are engaged in hazardous work", Ryder said.

"We will support UN, ILO plan on child labour and also policies that concern children, and we will see if we have legislations that would bring stability and dignity in their lives, " he said. Lastly, any work deemed to be harmful to the health, safety or morals of a child is considered to be child labour.

Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility.

Given the debilitating effects of Child Labour on our future leaders and the country as a whole, we are concerned by the high statistics of Child Labour revealed recently.

More frequent and severe natural disasters in Viet Nam due to climate change can push children into child labour if proper preventive measures are not taken, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. One way of achieving it, we dare to say, is for the developed countries to review the world economic order now skewed against the developing countries where these incidences of child labour are more pronounced.

In Ghana, while armed conflicts and major physical natural disasters had not been frequent events, social conflicts stemming out of poverty and under-development in many rural communities, including floods, collapsing of mining pits and devastation of farms by pests among others, had exposed children of school-going-age to child Labour.

"It is up to us adults and parents to protect them, to prevent child labor".

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