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A new report entitled 'Accelerating Action against Child Labour' has been published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the eve of the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague today and tomorrow.
In its quadrennial report, the ILO said that the global number of child labourers had declined from 222 million to 215 million, or -3%, over the period from 2004 to 2008, representing a 'slowing down of the global pace of reduction'. The report also expressed concern that the global economic crisis could 'further brake' progress towards the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.
ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, said "progress is uneven: neither fast enough nor comprehensive enough to reach the goals that we have set. New and large-scale efforts are needed. The situation calls for a re-energised campaign against child labour. We must scale up action and move into a higher gear."
The ILO IPEC programme was launched in 1992, and in the 2008-09 biennium it was operational in over 90 countries.