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"World Day Against Child Labour"
Date: 12 June 2017
Organization: UNOG
Location: Lobby Council Chamber (rain) - Ariana Park (sun)
Category: Performance
patron: International Labor Organization (ILO)

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Rain: Lobby of Council Chamber, C Building, 1st Fl. Sun: Ariana Parc.; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 6.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register at FUNDAMENTALS@ilo.org before 10 June 2017.

About the event:

The 2017 World Day will focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour. It will highlight how conflicts and disasters make children more vulnerable to child labour, especially by increasing income insecurity of families, undermining the rule of law, and causing or exacerbating lack of access to education, healthcare and social security and increasing exposure to violence, discrimination and harmful practices. It will have a particular focus on how children among refugees and displaced communities who flee crisis situations often end up in extremely difficult circumstances that lead to child labour and make them vulnerable to trafficking.

The World Day will also highlight the indispensable role that coherent and coordinated action to address child labour in situations of conflict and disaster must play if we are to achieve the SDG goal of ending child labour in all its forms by 2025. It will thus link to Alliance 8.7’s Action Group dedicated to addressing child labour and forced labour in conflict and humanitarian settings.

About the art exhibition:

The idea is to link the strong visual message of the sculpture, which symbolises the UN’s commitment to peace, rights and well-being for all, to the theme of World Day Against Child Labour.

The event will be driven by children and youth, including the testimony of a former child labourer (now a young adult), a performance by the young poet and activist Emi Mahmoud, and local school children reading out messages from children around the world who are in or affected by child labour in conflict/disaster situations and who are supported by the ILO or another organisation. The school children will be positioned in three groups in circular formation within the three circles of the sculpture. The messages would be followed by a symbolic joining of hands performance using the “Rebirth” symbol.

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