In July 2019, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 73/327 declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. While significant strides have been made in the fight against child labour over the past two decades, over 152 million children remain in child labour, almost half of them in hazardous occupations or conditions. For the past 30 years, humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine has been documenting social issues, including child labour, so as to shine a light on a practice that is often hidden in plain sight.
At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has increased uncertainties for children and their families, it is crucial for the international community to build momentum for advocacy and action to eliminate child labour. This virtual side event, co-organized by Luxembourg, the European Union, the ILO and UNICEF, will consist of a virtual exhibition and interactive discussion with humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine to raise awareness about child labour and galvanize action in line with Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The side event will also lead up to the virtual high-level event to make the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour on 11 June 2021, which will be co-organized by Luxembourg, the European Union, the ILO and UNICEF.
Moderator: Michelle Nichols, Reuters TBC
Opening remarks: H.E. Mr Christian Braun, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the UN
H.E. Mr Silvio Gonzato, Ambassador, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the UN TBC
Setting the scene: ILO and UNICEF
Presentation: Ms Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer
Moderated Q&A with the audience.