Child labour down but not enough: Conference
BRASïLIA (AFP) - Despite recent declines in the incidence of child labour much more must be done to tackle the issue, the Third International Conference on Child Labour heard Tuesday.
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder urged redoubled efforts, decrying the fact a target to eliminate the worst instances of child labour by 2016 will not be met.
Latest ILO global estimates show the total number of child labourers has dropped by one-third to 168 million since the last conference in The Hague in 2010.
But Mr Ryder said that still is nowhere near good enough. "Let us be clear. We will not meet the 2016 target and that is a collective policy failure. We have to do better," Mr Ryder told delegates.