On the 16-18 November 2015 will take place the 4th Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. This is the biggest global gathering of that kind with around 2,000 participants from governments, business, investors, grassroots and international NGOs as well as academia.
At this occasion, Terre des Hommes is co-organizing a session dedicated to child labour. This session is organized togehter with ILO, UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children and is called “Respecting Children’s Rights –Tools and Approaches to Fight Child Labour”.
It will look at child labour as being a pressing human rights, social and economic issue that affects many businesses and their supply chains across the world. The panelists will discuss practices and approaches that companies have adopted to respect children’s rights and contribute to the elimination of child labour, and to further their commitment to support children’s rights. Examples will be provided across different sectors and regions. During this session, Terre des Hommes will present the main findings and recommendation of the report “Migrant Child Labour in Thai Shrimp Industry” released in June 2015 within the Destination Unknown Campaign. This report highlights how migrants children are being exploited in fishery industry in Thailand who peel shrimps for the world market, for more than 10 hours daily.
Furthermore, two initiatives in this area will be presented : the Child Labour Platform and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. The Child Labour Platform (CLP) is a business-led, cross-sectoral forum for the exchange of experience on child labour in supply chains while the Children’s Rights and Business Principles were co-developed by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children with the aim to highlight the specific context in which companies can respect and support children’s rights.
Mega Sporting Events
The Forum will cover another important topic for Terre des Hommes: Mega Sporting Events and the key human rights challenges related to them. A plenary session will take place on the 17th and will highlight some of the specific human rights challenges confronting sports governing bodies, host governments and delivery bodies as well as the sponsors, broadcasters and companies. Terre des Hommes, within the Children Win campaign will attend this session where participants will discuss practical measures to ensure the integration of human rights considerations into Mega Sporting Events.