This will provide the staff of specialized agencies of the UN, and other global and national actors with guidance on what their organizations can do on the occasion of International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYCL) and beyond.
Specialized agencies of the UN System, other multilateral development agencies, private sector, civil society organisations and ILO constituents
2021 marks International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYCL).
In 2019, The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It is the time to Act – Inspire – Scale-Up.
Substantial progress towards the elimination of child labour has been achieved in recent years, largely because of intense advocacy and national mobilization backed by legislative and practical action. Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 38 per cent decrease in child labour globally. But progress has been uneven and insufficient; 152 million children are still in child labour.
The IYCL is an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to achieve the global target to end child labour by 2025, agreed as the Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7. IYCL was launched by Alliance 8.7 on 21 January 2021, under the banner: Act – Inspire - Scale Up, with a global call for Action pledges to end child labour by 2025. Alliance 8.7 is the official global partnership to achieve SDG Target 8.7. The International Labour Organization (ILO), is mandated to facilitate the organization and implementation of the International Year.
The COVID19 pandemic has made the challenge of eliminating child labour by 2025 even harder. Millions more children risk being pushed into child labour due to the COVID-19 crisis. This could lead to the first rise in child labour after 20 years of progress, according to a brief from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF: COVID-19 and Child Labour: a time of crisis, a time to act.
The purpose of this E-learning course is to enhance the understanding of participants regarding the sustained eradication of child labour. The course will also assist key global and national level actors to determine actions to be undertaken on the occasion of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYCL) and beyond, paving the way for a world where no child is subject to child labour or exploitation.
As a result of this course participants will have:
Some of the topics that will be covered by this E-learning course (tentative):
This new E-learning course is aimed at the staff of Specialized Agencies of the United Nations System, of bi- and multilateral development agencies (especially those applying environmental and social safeguards in their work) as well as representatives of international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society organisations, and ILO constituents. Representatives of Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder Countries or ILO Members States willing to become a pathfinder country are especially welcome.
The course consists of a number of online modules to be offered through the ITCILO eCampus online from 12 to 30 April 2021 for an estimated total of fifteen (15) learning hours.
The course is divided into different phases: