5. What lessons does the global response to Convention 182 hold for future efforts to regulate child labor? a. A focused strategy coupled with an viable and holistic action plan. Added to this, If mechanisms to implement and monitor the action plan are developed and set in motion, the Convention 138 has the potential to be an effective tool to address the problems of child workers.
b. A comprehensive strategy has to be designed to address basic causes which create and perpetuate child labour. It has to, simultaneously, emphasise the need for creating viable and sustainable alternatives for children and their families. An action plan that identifies a set of specific interventions that will have an impact on the basic causes of child labour and create alternatives which improve the quality of life of child workers, their families and their communities, will have a spin-off effect on working children outside the target group as well. c. The framework of any national policy should be prepared in consultation with all concerned actors - including working children themselves. It should be flexible, diverse and be local specific. It should aim at not just 'eliminating' extreme forms of child labour but also to create viable alternatives. d. Parties who have ratified the Conventions 138 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child should not limit their commitment to offering cooperation and assistance to the concerned countries. Child labour is not just a national problem, but a global one - also caused by global pressures and trends. Countries should ensure that their actions and decisions regarding their national and international policies have a direct positive consequence on child workers around the world. Consequently they should be made to take responsibility and be accountable for actions which may directly or indirectly impact on child workers nationally and internationally.
- Summer '07
- Child Labor, Developed country, Cyprus, Hazardous Industries