Brasilia, 08-10 October 2013 – For three days, professionals from 193 countries will evaluate the progress made for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. Terre des Hommes is bringing its voice; we need political will to do so.

Terre des Hommes will share its experience on working alongside domestic children and children on the move. Terre des Hommes has taken its part in the fight against the worst forms of child labour and believes that their elimination requires political will and supporting the aspirations of working children.

Listening to working children… on the move

Listening to the voices of working children is core, as they usually know what they need and how they can be helped. In West Africa, Terre des Hommes has set up programmes to develop protection capacities by the surrounding of children while empowering them to make choice for their future. Terre des Hommes has also learned to differentiate forced from voluntary migration Thanks to adapted programmes, we succeeded in generating a decrease of early departure of girls for domestic work.

The Brasilia Declaration on Child Labour

The closing ceremony ended with the release of the Brasilia Declaration on Child Labour, calling on all the governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations that were present at the conference to strengthen actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016, including measures to extend and improve access to free, compulsory and quality education for all children.

The Brasilia Conference: towards 2016

The Conference follows the Hague Global Child Labour Conference which adopted the “Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of The Worst Forms of Child Labour” by 2016. This 3rd Conference will foster exchanges among participants coming from 193 countries. It will also propose measures to accelerate action towards the 2016 goal.

The Conference brought together participants coming from government, workers and employers’ organisation and civil society. As a background, ILO has released new data which show a decrease in child labour by one third since 2000: but this is insufficient to meet the 2016 target.


Read the 1-page Report on the Brasilia Conference on Child Labour (by Terre des Hommes)

Go to the Brasilia Declaration on Child Labour