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Bulgaria took part in the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour (15-20 May 2022 in Durban, Republic of South Africa)

The Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor was held in Durban, Republic of South Africa on May 15-20, 2022. It was attended by over 8,000 representatives of governments, workers, employers and their organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, representatives of civil society, children and academic institutions, who proved that tackling child labour is a core element of the principle for respecting human rights and ranks high on the global agenda. The Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor was held in Durban, Republic of South Africa on May 15-20, 2022. It was attended by over 8,000 representatives of governments, workers, employers and their organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, representatives of civil society, children and academic institutions, who proved that tackling child labour is a core element of the principle for respecting human rights and ranks high on the global agenda.
Bulgaria took part in the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor with a delegation led by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivan Krastev, who addressed the Conference’s thematic panel entitled “Decent Jobs for Youth: eliminating hazardous employment among youth”. Deputy Minister Krastev underlined that compulsory, free and affordable quality education and training is a key element in the prevention of child labour. He pointed out that effective measures on poverty reduction and social inclusion are needed and further explained that among the main reasons for the deepening of child poverty are the COVID-19 crisis and armed conflicts and crises. He noted that Bulgaria has a policy to prevent, eliminate and prosecute the use of child labour.
The Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor in Durban, South Africa, concluded on 20 May 2022 with the adoption of the Durban Call to Action. The main goal of the Call for Action is to accelerate efforts to prevent and eliminate child labor through decent work, social protection, universal access to free compulsory, quality, equitable and inclusive education and training, increased funding and international cooperation.
Bulgaria actively participates in the development of the document as our proposals for: taking into account the vulnerability of people from areas affected by armed conflict; the elimination of child labour in domestic work; reducing the risk of exposure to harmful substances, such as hazardous pesticides; quality education for children from rural areas; and empowerment of children and youth, including by raising awareness about their rights, were included in the text as part of the international community’s commitments.
Strong commitments are particularly timely given the approach of 2025, when child labour must be eliminated, according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 8.7). According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) entitled “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the way forward”, worldwide in early 2020 the number of children in child labour has risen to160 million (63 million girls and 97 million boys). Almost half of the children in child labour (79 million children) were involved in hazardous  work that directly endangers their health, safety and moral development.
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