Director-General  QU Dongyu
A statement by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu

Launch Event of the International Year

 for the Elimination of Child Labour (2021) 



As prepared 


1. FAO pledges to intensify its work addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work program within the corporate Strategic Framework.

2. To achieve SDG 8.7 we need a breakthrough in agriculture where child labour is frequently found.

3. This year, we will step-up our efforts to strengthen the capacities of a wide range of agricultural actors to include child labour prevention and youth employment in their work.

4. Policies, programs, and investments related to agri-food systems need to address the root causes of child labour, including household poverty.

5. We will organize a series of FAO regional consultations among agricultural actors and a Global Event in November 2021 on Child Labour in Agriculture to increase awareness of the many good practices and promising experiences.

6. The related outcomes will constitute a significant contribution on the important role of agriculture and the broader agri-food systems to the Fifth Global Conference on Child Labour in 2022.

7. FAO will continue to play a central role in the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture.

8. Throughout the year, we will strengthen existing collaboration and seek new partners to jointly scale-up our efforts.

9. Thank you.