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) 

PLEDGE MESSAGE OF

FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL, Dr QU Dongyu

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.

 

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