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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
Open this folder and view contents5. Strategies to address child slavery
Open this folder and view contents6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
Open this folder and view contents7. Trade unions against child labour
close this folder8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contentsINTRODUCTION
close this folder8.1 THE MESSAGE
View the document"Action against child labour can be taken now"
View the document"Prioritize the most harmful, often invisible, forms of child labour"
View the document"Positive action and international cooperation are needed"
View the document"Tradition cannot justify the exploitation of children"
View the document"Prevention is better than cure"
View the document8.2 THE AUDIENCE
View the document8.3 MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
View the documentAppendix 8.1 Informing the public
View the documentAppendix 8.2 Popular theatre as an effective communications tool
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
View the documentOther ILO publications
View the documentBack Cover

"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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