FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

The role of agriculture stakeholders in ending child labour in the MENA region



According to the most recent global estimates, 2.4 million children in the Arab region are engaged in child labour of which 1.9 million are engaged in hazardous work – the vast majority of which takes place in the agriculture sector. Join us for this regional event aiming to foster more concerted action at local, national, and regional level to address child labour in agriculture and give agricultural stakeholders the opportunity to identify actions they or their organizations could take to increase action towards the elimination of child labour in agriculture.


Agenda Item



Opening Remarks


Abdulhakim El Waer, Regional Representative, FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa

RubaJaradat Regional Director ILO Regional Office for Arab States


Background paper on child labour in agriculture in the NENA region: How and why is child labour important beyond just legal and enforcement?

Gulnar Wakim, Child Labour Consultant


Panel discussion: Successful efforts to combat child labour in agriculture and what is needed to enhance action among regional actors

Tareq Hassan, Founder & Head, Arab Youth Sustainable Development Network (AYSDN)

Mustapha Tlili, the executive director of the Arab Trace Union Confederation

TBD, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon



Discussion question: Can you share any examples of successful initiatives that can and should be replicated in the region?



Breakout discussions: what do you think are the most essential actions needed to combat child labour in agriculture at local, national, and regional levels?

Where does your work fit in, and how can you contribute to combating child labour in agriculture?

3 groups by language


Reporting back and Q&A



Closing: synthesis and next steps


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