The Regional Initiative, an early response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Through an innovative instrument for intergovernmental cooperation established by 28 countries in the region, which also has the commitment of employers’ and workers’ organizations, Latin America and the Caribbean aims to achieve the goal 8.7 of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to end all forms of child labour by 2025.

Target 8.7 proposes "to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

We have an accumulated expertise of 20 years of sustained action on the prevention and elimination of child labour and the protection of work permitted for adolescents, during which we have managed to withdraw 9.5 million children from child labour.

Today we are committed to be the first generation free of child labour in our region, a goal for which we must urgently address the disturbing stagnation in the reduction of child labour and the increase in hazardous child labour1

For us, the persistence of child labour is an obstacle to development of children and the  region and  holds back the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We aim to end child labour through a more focused effort, coordinated and integrated from within our countries to the whole region.


1 OIT, 2013. Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends 2000 y 2012