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International Organisations join efforts to tackle child labour in agriculture. GENEVA - 12 JUNE 2007

Scenario for the World Day against Child Labour 12 June 2007
Child Labour in Agriculture

I. Signing ceremony
13.15-14.30, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XVII

II. Release of Balloons
14.45-15.30, Place des Nations, Geneva


I. Signing Ceremony

Context

• World Day against Child Labour, is observed worldwide on 12 June every year with supporting events and activities around that day. World Day against Child Labour is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.

• The theme of World Day against Child Labour 2007 is the elimination of child labour in agriculture. Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest share of working children is found — nearly 70 percent. Over 132 million girls and boys aged 5 to 14 years old work in crop and livestock production.

• The ILO has made special efforts to enhance its work to reach children working in agriculture. On 12 June 2007, representatives of the ILO and five international agricultural organizations will sign a Declaration of Intent on Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture to inaugurate a new strategic partnership. The signing of this Declaration is the result of a consultative process, started more than 18 months ago, to develop policy coherence on child labour in agriculture among these organizations, and to plan for joint field and programmatic activities.

Signing Ceremony

A signing ceremony will be held to launch the new international partnership between ILO and key international agricultural organizations, including agricultural employers' and workers' organizations.

Prior to the signature of the Declaration, representatives of the partner organizations will make statements to highlight the contribution each organization can make to the joint effort to tackle child labour in agriculture. The objective is to present the key messages developed jointly by the six organizations for the partnership and the way forward for the coming years.

The event will be facilitated by Mr. Kari Tapiola, Executive Director of the Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Sector of the ILO and the Director-General is asked to represent and sign the Declaration on behalf of the ILO.

Speakers at the Ceremony

• Employer Vice-Chairperson of the Governing Body

• Worker Vice-Chairperson of the Governing Body

Representatives from the Partner Organizations

• International Labour Organization,

• Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO),

• International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),

• International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR),

• International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP - representing farmers/employers and their organizations), and

• International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF - representing workers and their organizations).

Others to be present at the table are:

• ILO IPEC Director
• Two children holding bundles of wheat

Detailed scenario of the Signing Ceremony

13:15 –Introductory Statement by Kari Tapiola, ILO Executive Director of Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Sector [if the Director-General only can be present for the signing]
13.18: Statement by the spokesperson for the Employers Group
13.22 Statement by the spokesperson for the Workers Group
13:26 - Showing of ILO DVD Tackling Child Labour in Agriculture
13:36 – Kari Tapiola invites the representatives of the partner organizations to make their statements
13:38 – Statement by representative of FAO
13:43 – Statement by representative of IFAD
13.48 – Statement by representative of IFPRI
13:53 – Statement by representative of IFAP
13:58 – Statement by representative of IUF
14:03 – Songs of the children against child labour
14:08 – Facilitator invites representatives for signature of the Declaration of Intent on Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (children sing songs against child labour)
The Director-General [or his representative] signs on behalf of the ILO
14.23 – Wrap-up by Kari Tapiola, and invitation to all to join the public event on the Place des Nations, with school children releasing balloons to celebrate World Day Against Child Labour.
14:27 – Songs of the children against child labour