Brasilia Declaration


Representatives of Governments, social partners and civil society, were meeting in Brasilia between the 8-October 10, 2013 on the occasion of the III Conference world on child labour, in order to share policies and experiences on the global fight against child labour.

This space served for refelxionar on progress made since the previous global conference which took place in the Hague, in 2010, and to discuss ways to accelerate global efforts to combat child labour, particularly in its worst forms. He was also in the framework of this event when born the Latin American Regional Initiative and the Caribbean Child Labour Free. Different countries of GRULAC (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay) gathered at an informal meeting where the drive countries of the Regional Initiative Group was formed.

This meeting, which counted with the presence of the recipient with the Nobel Prize in peace 2014 in recognition of his fight against child labour through the Global March, Kailash Satyarthi, it was closed with theBrasilia Declaration.

We, the representatives of Governments and organizations of employers and workers participate in the 3rd Global Conference on child labour, we met in Brasilia, Brazil, from 8 to 10 October 2013, together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other actors of civil society and regional and international organizations, to assess the progress made since the Global Conference on child labour in the Hague of 2010 to analyze the remaining obstacles and to agree on measures to strengthen our actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labour until 2016, so as to eliminate all forms of child labour;

Recalling that child labour is all work performed by a child who is less than the minimum age specified for this type of work, as defined in national legislation, according to the ILO Declaration relative to principles and fundamental rights at work (1998) and the ILO Conventions No. 138 and no. 182;

Convinced that the goal of eradicating child labour brings together all countries since child labour impedes the realization of the rights of the child and its eradication is a major problem for development and human rights;

Recognizing the efforts and progress has been made and that are being made, despite the global economic and financial crisis, by the Governments at all levels, organizations of employers and workers, by regional and international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other actors of civil society, for the eradication of child labour, however Recognizing the need to accelerate efforts at all levels to eradicate child labour, in particular its worst forms until 2016;

Taking into account the size and complexity of the challenges faced by countries in the fight against child labour, as the impact of natural disasters and conflict and post-conflict situations;

Aware that the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour until 2016, as well as the Elimination of child labour can be made better through greater cooperation between countries and greater coordination between Governments, organizations of employers and workers, NGOs, civil society and regional and international organizations;

Taking into account that children who suffer any form of discrimination require special attention in our efforts to prevent and eliminate child labour;

Whereas the respect, promotion and realization of the fundamental principles and rights at work, which include the effective abolition of child labour, is one of the pillars of the ILO's decent work Agenda;

Welcoming the progress made by States in the ratification of the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) No. 138, on the minimum age of admission to employment, and no. 182, concerning the prohibition and immediate action for the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour, and reiterating the importance of promoting universal ratification and effective implementation as well as the Convention of the United Nations (UN) on the rights of the child and its optional protocols, and inviting the countries to consider ratifying other relevant instruments, such as Convention No. 189, on decent work for domestic workers, as well as Convention No. 129, on the labour inspection in agriculture, and Convention No. 184 on safety and health in agriculture;

Recognizing the relevance of the principles and guidelines in the field of business and human rights internationally recognized, such as the guiding principles of the UN on business and human rights, and the Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and Social policy of the ILO;

Recognizing the ongoing efforts made by the ILO, and in particular its international programme on the Elimination of child labour (IPEC), to provide cooperation and technical assistance to Governments and workers ' and employers ' organizations in order to eradicate child labour;

Welcoming the report of the ILO "Making progress against child labour";

1. reaffirm our determination of eliminate the worst forms of work child until 2016, to while reiterate the objective global of the eradication of all them forms of work child, intensifying immediately our efforts to level national e international. We reiterate our commitment to fully implementing the road map to achieve the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour through 2016, adopted at the Global Conference on child labour in the Hague in 2010.

2. We recognize the need to strengthen national and international action in the follow-up of this Conference with regard to the specific responses to child labour based on age and gender, with focus on the formalization of the informal economy and the strengthening of the national measures, as appropriate, in the monitoring and evaluation, as well as a continued where more focus is needed. We emphasize the importance of technical assistance and international cooperation in this field.

3 we recognize that Governments have the primary role and primary responsibility, in cooperation with organizations of employers and workers, as well as non-governmental organizations and other actors of civil society, in the implementation of measures to prevent and eliminate child labour, especially its worst forms, and rescue the children from the same.

4. also we recognize that measures to promote decent work and full and productive employment for adults are essential if families are enabled to eliminate its dependence on revenue generated by child labour. In addition, measures are needed to expand and improve access to education free, compulsory and quality for all children, as well as the gradual universalization of social protection, in line with inter alia the 102 Convention of the ILO, concerning minimum standards of social security, and the recommendation 202 of the ILO, concerning the national social protection floors.

5. we advocate use integrated, consistent and effective services and public policies in the areas of work, education, agriculture, health, vocational training and social protection as a means to build capacities and empowerment, so that all children, including those in rural areas, completed the mandatory education and training without getting involved in child labour.

6. We emphasize that social workers and those in the areas of education and health should have the right to decent working conditions and a relevant initial and continuous training, and that relevant policies should be developed in conjunction with organizations of workers through social dialogue.

7. recognize that the strengthening of them services and political public is key for the eradication sustained of the working child, in particular its worst forms until 2016, as well as for the development sustainable.

8. We urge Governments to ensure access to justice to children affected by child labour, to ensure their right to education and to provide rehabilitation programmes, as a means to promote and protect their welfare and dignity and realize their rights, with special attention to children who are particularly exposed to the worst forms of child labour because of discrimination in any form.

9. We encourage States to establish and improve further, as appropriate, legal and institutional frameworks to prevent and eliminate child labour. Also encourage to them bodies national responsible of do meet the law for advance in the attribution of responsibilities of them perpetrators in cases of work child, included the imposition of sanctions appropriate against them.

10. We recognize the importance of the labour administration and inspection of work particularly in the eradication of child labour, and we will try to develop and strengthen, as appropriate, labour inspection systems.

11 encourage, as appropriate, to the competent authorities who have the responsibility to enforce the law and regulations concerning child labour, including labour inspection services, to cooperate with each other, in the context of penal sanctions or, as appropriate, otherwise in the case of child labour, especially its worst forms.

12 we will promote effective actions of multiple stakeholders to combat child labour, particularly in supply chains, addressing both the formal and informal economy.

13 we will try to develop and strengthen the collection and dissemination, as appropriate, more and better information national statistics on children in employment in the formal and informal economy with data preferably disaggregated by occupation and industry, gender, age, origin and income in order to increase its visibility and help to improve the design and implementation of public policies to eradicate child labour.

14 we will continue to promote the participation of all sectors of society in the creation of an enabling environment for the prevention and elimination of child labour. The participation of ministries and Government agencies, parliaments, the systems of Justice, organizations of employers and workers, as well as regional and international organizations and civil society plays a key role in this regard. We will promote social dialogue and concerted action between the public and private sectors around the eradication of child labour.

15. we are determined to take appropriate measures to help each other in the respect, promotion and realization of international standards of labour and human rights, in particular through a greater international cooperation, including South - South cooperation and triangular cooperation.

16. We emphasize the need to support and strengthen the capacities of countries in situations of conflict and post-conflict, particularly among the least developed countries, to combat child labour, in particular through rehabilitation and reintegration programmes, where appropriate.

17. we take note of that violation of the fundamental principles and rights at work may not be invoked by or used in any way as a legitimate comparative advantage and that labour standards should not be used for protectionist trade purposes.

18. will work actively for involve to them media of communication national e international and them networks social, the world academic and of research, as contributors in the awareness for the eradication sustained of the work child, even through campaigns on the damage to the dignity, the welfare, the health and the future of them children caused by its involvement in the work child , in particular its worst forms.

19. we are determined to promote efforts to encourage social change, attitudes and practices that play a significant role in remission or tolerance of child labour, even in relation to violence and abuse.

20. we are determined to support the continuous development of the worldwide movement against child labour, through partnerships, cooperation, awareness and action, on the basis of international labour and human rights standards.

21. invite IPEC to celebrate meetings, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in the context of them meetings of his Committee Steering for make the balance of them progress made by them countries in the Elimination of the worst forms of work child.

22. We underline that the fight against child labour and the decent work agenda should receive due consideration in the post-2015 United Nations development agenda.

23. We express our gratitude to the Government of Brazil for hosting this Conference, and we welcome the intention of the Government of Brazil to bring this Declaration to the attention of the governing body of the ILO, for further consideration and follow-up.

24 we accept the kind offer of the Government of Argentina to host a World Conference on the sustained elimination of the child labour in 2017.