AGENDA

The Conference will be held over three days, throughout which the following nine topics will be addressed:

PANEL 1 - RULE OF LAW, SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Policy and regulation matter, but what are the key frameworks for eliminating child labour and forced labour and how do they get effectively implemented? This panel looks at international and national regulatory frameworks and the application of these instruments at the national level through public policy and its implementation, including the role of enforcement, social dialogue, and partnerships. It will look at challenges and opportunities in adapting national regulatory frameworks to international standards, in particular human rights and labour standards, and share examples of good practices from the States and other stakeholders.

PANELLISTS

  • Sango Patekile Holomisa, Deputy Minister of Labour of South Africa
  • Fernando García Casas, Secretary of State of International Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean of Spain
  • Irene Wennemo, State Secretary for Employment and Integration of Sweden
  • John Seneviratne, Minister of Labour of Sri Lanka
  • Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Gabriella Herzog, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs of the US Council for International Business
  • Silvana Cappuccio, International Affairs Advisor of the Italian General Confederation of Labour; Member of the ILO Governing Body

MODERATOR: Amerigo Incalcaterra, Regional Representative for South America of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

PANEL 2 - EDUCATION FOR ALL: Making the right a reality

​What action is needed to ensure quality, free, public, universal education for all children and young people as well as life-long learning for adults? This is key to ending child labour and forced labour, including in rural environments. This panel will discuss how to overcome the challenges faced and will focus, in particular, on the education of girls and early childhood development. It will examine ways to ensure every child enrols and stays in school at least until the minimum age for work, the essentials of a quality, relevant curriculum and the characteristics of a safe and child-friendly school.

PANELLISTS

  • Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of Labour and Employment of India
  • Guillermo Sosa Flores, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security of the Republic of Paraguay
  • Mohamed Ben Omar, Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Protection of Niger
  • Pablo Cevallos Estarellas, Director of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning’s Regional Office for Latin America
  • Victoria Giullieti, Head of Legal and International Affairs of the Argentinian Industrial Union
  • Hillary Yuba, Education International Representative of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe

MODERATOR: Nomia Iqbal, BBC Reporter and Presenter at BBC News

 

PANEL 3 - SUPPLY CHAINS: Getting on top of complexity

Why is the effective management of supply chains so critical to eradicating child labour and forced labour and in ensuring compliance? This panel will look at different approaches to human rights due diligence and the importance of labour inspection and labour relation systems, following the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the tripartite Resolution concerning decent work in global supply chains adopted by the 105th Session of the ILC and the ILO Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy revised. It will discuss the value of looking for strategic partnerships and explore the role of cross-border social dialogue at sectorial level to address child labour and forced labour in supply chains.

PANELLISTS

  • Jean-Claude Kouassi, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Côte d'Ivoire Social Affairs of Germany
  • Anette Kramme, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Labour and European Commission
  • Jordi Curell Gotor, Director of Labour Mobility, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the
  • Andrew Forrest, Chairman and Founder of the Walk Free Foundation
  • Didier Bergeret, Social Sustainability Director of the Consumer Goods Forum
  • Timothy Ryan, President of Global March Against Child Labour
  • Marcela Manubens, Global Vice President for Social Impact of Unilever
  • Ruwan Subasinghe, Legal Advisor at the International Transport Worker’s Federation

MODERATOR: Beate Andrees, Director of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
Branch of the International Labour Organization

 

PANEL 4 - SOCIAL PROTECTION: Successes, challenges and future trends

How to reach the most vulnerable population who does not benefit from social protection systems? It is essential to strengthen these systems and expand their coverage and outreach, in particular in the informal and rural economies. This panel will analyse some of the social protection policies and programmes that have been particularly successful in preventing and reducing child labour and forced labour. It will, however, also point out that there is no room for complacency: an examination of emerging trends shows persistent challenges.

PANELLISTS

  • Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development of Argentina
  • Joyce Nonde-Simukoko, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Zambia
  • Gina Riaño, Secretary General of the Ibero-American Organization for Social Security
  • Yuka Iwatsuki, President and Founder of Action against Child Exploitation
  • Juan Mailhos, Advisor at the National Chamber of Commerce and Services of Uruguay
  • Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer at the Canadian Labour Congress

MODERATOR: Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Social Protection Department of the
International Labour Organization.

 

PANEL 5 - HAZARDOUS CHILD LABOUR AND SAFE AND HEALTHY WORK FOR YOUTH

​What are the health impacts of child labour? Unsurprisingly, it has devastating consequences on children’s health and development, particularly for those involved in hazardous work. This panel will explore these impacts and examine systems that can combat and prevent hazardous child labour and ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all workers, with a particular focus on youth of legal working age.

PANELLISTS

  • Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica
  • Taalaykul Isakunova, Minister of Labour of Kyrgyzstan
  • Mostan Hossain, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Labour of Bangladesh
  • Francisco Díaz, Under-Secretary of State for Labour of Chile
  • Jo Becker, Director of Children's Rights Advocacy of Human Rights Watch
  • Bárbara Britos, Youth Champion of ArgentinaRelations
  • Kris de Meester, Manager of Health & Safety Affaires at the International Industrial Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Association
  • Sue Longley, General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel

MODERATOR: Sture Bye, Head of Communications of the Norwegian OSH Institute

 

PANEL 6 - CRISIS AND CONFLICT: Protecting the most vulnerable

​What can be done to reduce the vulnerability to child labour and forced labour of people affected by fragile situations, natural disasters, armed conflict, violence and organized crime? Despite perceptions to the contrary, the situation is not hopeless. This panel will explore successful mechanisms for public policy and international and national cooperation as well as areas for further focus, including building on existing national mechanisms and bolstering collaboration and multilateral responses.

PANELLISTS

  • Faizullah Zaki Ibrahimi, Minister of Labour of Afghanistan
  • Jostein Leiro, Norwegian Ambassador in Argentina
  • Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict
  • Aidan McQuaide, Former Director of Anti-Slavery International
  • Abbas Ahmad Assi, Student, Volunteer at Beyond and Advocate at the National Podium Against Child Labour
  • Matthew Rendall, Senior Partner of SokSiphana & Associates
  • Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General of the Federation of Somali Trade Unions

MODERATOR: Paola Jelonche, Argentine Lawyer and Advocate for Human Rights

 

PANEL 7 - RURAL ECONOMY: Meeting the new SDG timeframes

​In order to meet SDG Goal 8.7, efforts within the rural economy need to be scaled up quickly. This panel will look at the main drivers of child labour and forced labour in the rural economy and examine strategies for their eradication, including the role of the State, enterprises, and rural workers’ and small producers’ organizations in the promotion of rural and inclusive development. It will look at how decent jobs, including for youth, are created in rural areas, and examine strategies for transitioning from the informal to the formal rural economy; it will also discuss how to lift obstacles in the right to freedom of association of agricultural workers and rural workers’ organizations.

PANELLISTS

  • Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations of Ghana
  • Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Minister of Labour and Human Resources of Punjab, Pakistan
  • Junko Sazaki, Director of Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Norma Flores López, Chair of the US Child Labour Coalition
  • Yann Wyss, Senior Manager of Social & Environmental Impact at Nestlé
  • Carla Caballero, Executive Director of the Guatemalan Chamber of Agriculture
  • Andrews Tagoe, Deputy Secretary General of the General Agricultural Workers Union

MODERATOR: Nomia Iqbal, BBC Reporter and Presenter at BBC News

 

PANEL 8 - YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND SCHOOL-TO-WORK TRANSITION

​What is needed to ensure the next generation will have quality jobs and that child labour and forced labour are prevented and eliminated? This panel will explore demographic dynamics and successful policies and systems for the integration of young people into productive, quality and formal jobs. It will examine skills and knowledge gaps between present training and labour market needs and look at successful approaches to reducing youth unemployment.

PANELLISTS

  • Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment of Nigeria
  • Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary of Employment and Social Provision of Mexico
  • Zhang Yizhen, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of China
  • Max Trejo, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Youth Organization
  • Djouwera Arouna, African Movement of Working Children and Young Workers
  • Alanda Kariza, Young Social Activist
  • John Craig, Partner at Fasken Martineau
  • Noemi Tejeda, Central Teachers’ Union of Argentina

MODERATOR: Azita Berar Awad, Director of Employment Policy Department of the
International Labour Organization

 

PANEL 9 - EMPOWERMENT THROUGH KNOWLEDGE: Making data accessible to all

​What do the new global estimates on child labour and modern slavery tell us about today’s challenge? This panel will explore recent data and research and look at the challenges this creates in the design of public policies. It will assess knowledge generation for the design of public policies and examine new tools for the production and dissemination of information and diagnosis for the elimination of child labour, forced labour, including the new global effort to build an Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform. It will discuss efforts to drive consistency in data production and research.

PANELLISTS

  • José De Anchorena, Under-Secretary of Technical Programmes and Labour Studies of Argentina
  • Martha Newton, Deputy Secretary of International Affairs at the United States of America Department of Labour
  • Kris Jozef Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs of the Federal Government of Belgium
  • Estela Ortiz, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Children of Chile
  • Lais Abramo, Director of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Furio Rosati, Director of Understanding Children's Work Project
  • Octavio Carvajal Bustamante, Confederation of Industrial Chambers of the United Mexican States
  • Julius Cainglet, Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Partnerships of the Federation of Free Workers of the Philippines

MODERATOR: James Cockayne, Head of Office at the United Nations University

 

HIGH LEVEL PANEL: FROM WORK WITHOUT A FUTURE TO A FUTURE OF DECENT WORK – SDG 8.7 and beyond

There are still 152 million children in child labour and 40 million people in modern slavery, including forced labour; in this context, this high level panel will discuss how the rapidly transforming world of work should be organized so that it responds to the values of social justice for all. How can we build more effective, global, regional, national and local coalitions to accelerate the legislative, economic and social progress needed to end child labour in all its forms by 2025 and eradicate all forced labour by 2030? How do the social partners ensure that they continue to meet their responsibilities and maintain well-functioning and effective social dialogue and labour relations systems? What sort of education and skills will the next generation need to be able to lead fulfilling and creative lives if many of them face a future with much less standard forms of employment– or with none at all? How can we ensure that improvements in education systems – as a public good in its own right – reach every child? And what more must be done to ensure not only a smooth transition from school to work, but also a successful transition from early childhood to school?

PANELLISTS

  • Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Human Rights Activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migrations
  • Linda Kromjong, Secretary General of the International Organization of Employers
  • Francisco Martínez, CEO of Adecco Group in Argentina
  • Christy Hoffman, Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union
  • Khouloud Mannai, Trade Union Activist of the Tunisian General Labour Union

MODERATOR: Nozipho Mbanjwa, CEO of The Talent Firm

Note: The Conference will provide simultaneous interpretation and translation services for Spanish, French and English. The possibility of including such services for other languages is being assessed.


SCHEDULE

DAY 1

 

8:00 - 9:45   Registration + Networking + Coffee
   
9:45 - 11:15   • Group Meeting: Workers
  • Group Meeting: Employers
  • Group Meeting: Govern
  + Civil Society Organizations
   
11:15 - 11:30 Transfer
   
11:30 - 13:00   Open Ceremony
   
13:00 - 14:30  Lunch + Networking
   
14:30 - 14:45 Transfer
   
14:45 - 18:45 Plenary Official Delegations
   
14:45 - 16:45 • Panel 1: Rule of law
  • Panel 2: Education for all
  • Panel 3: Supply chains
   
16:45 - 17:15 Coffee
   
17:15 - 18:15 Special Sessions
  EU-ILO Partnership to eliminate child labour and forced labour in supply chains (Sponsor: European Commission)
  REGIONAL INITIATIVES ON CHILD LABOUR AND FORCED LABOUR: An exchange of experiences
  To be a protagonist of change: Empowering young people for the future of the work that we want
  CALL TO ACTION TO END FORCED LABOUR, MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
  PRIORITISING GIRLS FOR ZERO CHILD LABOUR
   
18:15 - 19:15 Cultural program by Maestro Mederos | Drafting Committee  session

 

DAY 2

8:00 - 9:00      • Group Meeting: Workers
  • Group Meeting: Employers
  • Group Meeting: Govern
  + Civil Society Organizations
   
9:00 - 9:15 Transfer
   
9:15 - 11:15 • Panel 4: Social protection
  • Panel 5: Hazardous child labour and
     safe and healthy work for youth
  • Panel 6: Crisis and conflict
   
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee
   
11:45 - 13:45 • Panel 7: Rural economy
  • Panel 8: Youth employment
  • Panel 9: Empowerment through knowledge
13:45 - 15:00 Lunch + Networking
   
09:00 - 15:00  *Plenary Official Delegations
   
15:00 - 15:15 Transfer
   
15:15 - 17:15 High Level Panel (the way forward / main trends)
  5 high level panelists
  Moderator + Interaction with the audience
   
17:15 - 17:30 Coffee
   
17:30 - 18:30 Special sessions
  MEASURING FORCED LABOUR AND IDENTIFYING THE RISK OF CHILD LABOUR 
  SAFEYOUTH@WORK ACTION PLAN: Consultation
  UNIVERSAL SOCIAL PROTECTION: The Global Partnership USP2030
  Public Policy, management and private sector
  CHILDREN’S VIEW ON CHILDREN’S WORK
   
18:30 - 19:30 Cultural program by Compañía Ojalá | Drafting Committee session

 

DAY 3

 

8:00 - 9:00 Networking
  • Group Meeting: Workers
  • Group Meeting: Employers
  • Group Meeting: Government
   + Civil Society Organizations
   
9:00 - 9:15 Transfer
   
9:15 - 10:15 Special sessions
  INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR COOPERATION ON CHILD LABOUR IN AGRICULTURE (Sponsors: ILO, FAO)
  GLOBAL COMPACT ON MIGRATION: tackling child labour and forced labour situations
  BUSINESS COOPERATION TO COMBAT CHILD LABOUR (Sponsors: Child Labour Platform, UN Global Compact, Government of Argentina)
  THE GLOBAL INITATIVE ON DECENT JOBS FOR YOUTH (Sponsor: ILO)
   
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee
   
10:45 - 11:45 Special sessions
  50 FOR FREEDOM: Promoting Ratification of the Forced Labor Protocol (Sponsors: ILO, IOE, ITUC)
  FAITH BASED ORGANISATIONS (Sponsor: Walk Free Foundation)
  GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP NETWORK: Skills for Business, Jobs for Youth (Sponsors: GAN, USDOL)
  SITUATION OF CHILD LABOUR AND NATIONAL PLAN TO ERADICATE CHILD LABOUR IN ARGENTINA (Sponsor: Government of Argentina)
   
12:00 - 13:00 Plenary.
  Adoption of the Buenos Aires Declaration.
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch + Networking
   
14:30 - 15:00 Opening of the Pledges Plenay by the President Mauricio Macri.
   
14:30 - 17:45 Plenary. Formulation of pledges
   
17:45 - 18:30 Closing Ceremony
   
18:30 - 19:30 Final Cocktail