November 18, 2005
Campaign urges European Commissioner Michel
|When: 22 November at 16.30.|
Where: VIP Corner of the Berlaymont, European Commission, Place Schumann.
The campaign is facilitated in Brussels by Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA).
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Background information:The Campaign:
The campaign Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work is a European lobby and awareness raising campaign inspired by successful programmes in the South. It is run by three Alliance2015 organisations (HIVOS, the Netherlands; Deutsch Welthungerhilfe, Germany; Concern, Ireland) in co-operation with the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV), the Dutch Teachers’ Union (AOb) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The campaign is in the process of expanding to include NGOs from three more European countries (Italy, Denmark and Czech Republic).
The recommendations of the Stop Child Labour campaign to the European Parliament withg regard to its resolution on child labour can be found on: http://www.indianet.nl/recomcl.html.
Millennium Development Goal 2 & 3
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Target: Ensure that, by 2015 children everywhere, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Target: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education o later than 2015.
The European Parliament Resolution on Child Labour
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the exploitation of children in developing countries, with special focus on child labour on 5 July 2005 (A6-0185/2005/P6-TA-PROV2005)0272). This resolution incorporates the campaign’s main principles. Notably it recognizes that any effective policy against child labour must combat all forms of child labour as stated in ILO Conventions 138 and 182, and must not be restricted to “worst forms” of child labour. Further, it recognizes that eradicating child labour and achieving universal education are inextricably linked and stresses that poverty is not an insurmountable barrier preventing poor children from enjoying full-time education, stating that “ending child labour does not depend on ending poverty first.” The full resolution can be found on: http://www.indianet.nl/eu050705e.pdf.