Workshop on development of the guidelines for implementation of the Program on preventing and reducing child labour in the period 2016 – 2020
16/03/2017On December 01st, 2016 in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour – Invalid and Social Affairs in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam and US Embassy to Vietnam held the workshop on development on the guidelines for implementing the Decision No 1023/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on approving the Program on preventing and reducing child labour in 2016 – 2020. Attending the event were Deputy Minister of MOLISA Dao Hong Lan; Mr. Ted Osius – US Ambassador to Vietnam; Mr. Jesper Moller, Vice Head Representatives of UNICEF in Vietnam; Mr. Chang – Hee Lee, Director of ILO Vietnam and representatives from the ministries, sectors, locations and international organization in Vietnam.
In the opening speech, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan stressed that children were the future human resource of the country, children always were the first paid attention by the Party, State, society and each family. Vietnam has issued many legal documents, policies for children and ratified the international Convention in order to ensure the right of children. Vietnam was the first country in Asia and the Second country on the world ratified the Convention No 182 of ILO on Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, Convention No 138 on Minimum Age for Admission to Employment and commitment on implementing the statement for the world suitable with children. Especially, on June 07th, 2016, the Prime Minister issued the Decision No 1023/QD-TTg on approving the Program on preventing and reducing child Labour in the period 2016 – 2020. The Program is the solution specified by the Government in the implementation of international commitments, contributing to the realization of sustainable development goals (SDG), including the goal No 8.7 related to child labour. Approving the program also shows the political will of the Party and State of Vietnam for a better future for Vietnamese children.
At the workshop, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan also shared the concept, definition of child labour and child participate in labour consistent with the provisions of law, the solution for implementation of the program and planning development the program at the local with the participation of the agencies and departments involved. On behalf of MOLISA, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan also thanked to the United States Department of Labour through the US Embassy to Vietnam for the support, technical support. She also highly appreciated the cooperation of ILO, UNICEF, the international organization has supported Vietnam enforcing children's rights, and including preventing and reducing child labour better.
To solve the problem of child labour and achieve the objectives of the program in 2020, Vietnam is facing many challenges. However, first of all the awareness of the children’s families and children as well as employers is limited, lack of understanding of the laws and policies related to child labour. In addition, the limited ability to access to the skills development activities is one of the factors impacting to elimination of child labour.
Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to this issue and the aim of protecting and reducing child labour is considered not only a duty but also a responsibility for future generations.