"Positive action and international cooperation are needed"
Having recognized and acknowledged that child labour problems exist, governments concerned have also realized that eliminating child labour requires the cooperation of other governments and organizations, and that the problems cannot be resolved overnight. Some believe that the only way to make headway against child labour is for consumers and governments to apply pressure through sanctions and boycotts. International means of pressure can be important, but sanctions affect only export industries, which, as noted above, use a relatively small percentage of child labourers. Sanctions may also have long-term unforeseen and harmful consequences and leave children worse off. Indications are that positive incentives and international commitments and cooperation will lead to much more promising and sustainable solutions. Comprehensive action through ILO-IPEC is an important demonstration of worldwide concern and a multi-pronged approach to addressing the problem of child labour. Partnerships and action are created to ensure that children removed from work have viable alternatives.
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