Agenda

What can you expect?

The conference was a place for sharing the latest approaches to eliminate child labour, such as inclusive education, social protection, and labour inspection. It identified emerging policy innovations that respond to the dynamic nature of the challenge. And it highlighted the central role of social partners and strengthened the commitments of the private sector.

Through a mix of plenary meetings, themed side events, and outside excursions, delegates had multiple opportunities and various ways to meet, connect, and accelerate action for children.


Day 1
Sunday, 15 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
09:00 12:00
Main stage

This cultural event will give a warm welcome to South Africa to all participants in Durban and globally to the 5th Global Conference on Child Labour. 

12:30 14:30
Main stage
Plenary session

The session will serve to introduce the theme to be taken up in more detail in the subsequent conference deliberations.

14:30 14:45
Break
Break
15:00 15:30
Main stage
Plenary session

The session will serve to introduce some of the key themes to be taken up in more detail in the subsequent conference deliberations.

15:30 16:30
Main stage
Plenary session

This session brings together champions who are leading the way in tackling child labour.

Day 2
Monday, 16 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
11:30 12:15
Meeting room 11
Group Meeting
Employers' Group
11:30 12:15
Second stage
Group Meeting
Government Group
11:30 12:15
Coffee Area
Meet & Greet
Meet & Greet
11:30 12:15
Meeting room 12
Group Meeting
Workers' Group
12:30 14:00
Main stage
Plenary session

The panel discusses child labour in the context of the deficits in decent work and youth employment, identify pressing global challenges, and identify priorities for the global community.

14:30 16:00
Main stage
Plenary session

The panel focuses on the strategies and actions that need to be taken to eliminate child labour and accelerate progress towards achieving SDG Target 8.7. 

16:00 16:30
Main stage
Plenary session

The session will comprise brief video and in-person statements from key countries and participants, showing their support for the conference and for the elimination of child labour globally.

16:30 16:45
Transfer
Transfer
16:45 17:45
Meeting room 11
Side Events

The event focuses on addressing root causes of child labour in domestic and global supply chains, top to bottom.

16:45 17:45
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The event focuses on giving visibility to decent work at the conference, opening discussions with key stakeholders, and sharing information on the EU’s decent work approach.

16:45 17:45
Main stage
Side Events

The event discusses how young people, student leaders and survivor advocates have been on the frontlines of the effort to eliminate child labour in Africa and globally.

16:45 17:45
Second stage
Side Events

This session explores the key severe child labour risks in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in global supply chains.

Day 3
Tuesday, 17 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
11:15 12:15
Meeting room 11
Side Events

The session explains how the profession and education unions have acted decisively to ensure an inclusive education recovery from the unprecedented Covid crisis.

11:15 12:15
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The session shares insights into developing strong, collaborative approaches as well as lessons on promising approaches to building evidence on the root causes of child labour.

11:15 12:15
Main stage
Side Events

The session explores which business approaches have proven to be the most effective in tackling child labour, drawing on best practices from both agriculture and manufacturing.

11:15 12:15
Second stage
Side Events

The event will highlight the importance of skills development services and post-training support to improve livelihoods, making families less vulnerable to forced labour and child labour.

12:30 14:15
Main stage
Thematic Panel

The panel discusses investments and good practices on the reduction of direct and indirect costs for schooling and eliminating barriers for access to school.

12:30 14:15
Second stage
Thematic Panel

The panel discusses strategies to prevent child labour during/after a crisis, building on the ongoing humanitarian response and focusing specifically on children involved.

14:30 14:45
Transfer/Break
Transfer/Break
16:30 16:45
Transfer
Transfer
16:45 17:45
Meeting room 11
Side Events

The event focuses on shared experiences and best practices in getting children out of work and back into school, by strengthening child protection systems and using area-based approaches.

16:45 17:45
Main stage
Side Events

The session will bring together businesses and other key actors to discuss how the private sector is tackling child labour in supply chains.

16:45 17:45
Second stage
Side Events

The event describes the progress that has been made in building the evidence base on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking, and highlight gaps in knowledge to bridge these gaps.

16:45 17:45
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The event aims to share and disseminate good practices of the Labour Inspectorate related to strategic action aimed at the eradication of child labour.

16:45 17:45
Fully online
Side Events

The event promotes exchange on challenges and best practices to sustain and advance efforts to prevent and effectively eradicate child labour in the artisanal mineral supply chain.

Day 4
Wednesday, 18 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
11:30 12:15
Meeting room 11
Group Meeting
Employers' Group
11:30 12:15
Second stage
Group Meeting
Government Group
11:30 12:15
Coffee Area
Meet & Greet
Meet & Greet
11:30 12:15
Meeting room 12
Group Meeting
Workers' Group
12:30 14:15
Main stage
Thematic Panel

The event consists of the launch of the ILO and UNICEF report on Social Protection and Child Labour followed by a panel discussion and a subsequent plenary session.

12:30 14:15
Second stage
Thematic Panel

This event brings together Civil Society Organisations and highlights their crucial role on reaching SDG 8.7 as well as other interlinked SDGs.  

14:30 14:45
Transfer/Break
Transfer/Break
14:45 16:30
Second stage
Thematic Panel

The panel discusses the required mechanisms and framework to mobilize sustainable financing, and to improve coordination and strengthen partnership.

16:30 16:45
Transfer
Transfer
16:45 17:45
Meeting room 11
Side Events

This side event will explore opportunities for reinforced public and private sector collaboration to meaningfully tackle child labor in cocoa at a landscape level.

16:45 17:45
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The event aims to share knowledge and exchange best practices on how to eliminate child labour in key value chain sectors exposed to increasingly global challenges.

16:45 17:45
Main stage
Side Events

The event focuses on how to engage with value chain actors and make the case to attract investments to support the implementation of national social protection schemes.

Day 5
Thursday, 19 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
11:15 12:15
Meeting room 11
Side Events

This side event discusses what has worked and what are the promising practices to pick up the pace towards achieving SDG Target 8.7.

11:15 12:15
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The purpose of the side event is to shine a spotlight on child labour in artisanal fisheries and aquaculture.

11:15 12:15
Main stage
Side Events

The event focuses on raising awareness of how child labour in sport leads to rights being compromised and violated, and providing guidance about how to prevent it.

11:15 12:15
Second stage
Side Events

Join UNICEF and a panel of experts to explore gaps in current business approaches to tackling child labour in global supply chains, and the regulatory environment.

11:15 12:15
Fully online
Side Events

The event facilitates learning and discussion on the possibilities of the area-based approach as a solution to eliminate child labor in countries where it is prevalently found in agriculture.

12:30 14:15
Main stage
Thematic Panel

The panel gives voice to global, regional, national and local actors who are contributing to address child labour in agriculture in different subsectors.

12:30 14:15
Second stage
Thematic Panel

The panel aims to understand and shed light on the complex root causes of child labour and its consequences in terms of perpetuating the cycle of poverty and situations of child labour.

14:30 14:45
Transfer/Break
Transfer/Break
14:45 16:30
Main stage
Thematic Panel

The panel brings together global leaders shaping the future of supply chains to discuss how we can eliminate child labour by the SDG target date of 2025.

14:45 16:30
Second stage
Thematic Panel

This crucial forum will bring children from all five ILO regions together. It will allow all children to engage on issues affecting children in the space of child labour and agree on advocacy issues and make sure that their voices are heard.

16:30 16:45
Transfer
Transfer
16:45 17:45
Meeting room 11
Side Events

Our event will discuss the importance of addressing child labor in global smallholder agriculture supply  chains through a multi stakeholder approach designed to strengthen and reinforce government systems and demonstrate proven approaches with sustainable, scalable, and replicable solutions that address the root  causes of child labor around the world.  

16:45 17:45
Meeting room 12
Side Events

The event highlights the importance of using available technology to coordinate efforts and accelerate the achievement of target 8.7.

Day 6
Friday, 20 May
Group Meeting Plenary Session Side Events Thematic Panel
Time
Room
Event
Session
Speakers
11:00 11:45
Main stage
Group Meeting
Employers' Group
11:30 12:15
Second stage
Group Meeting
Government Group
11:30 12:15
Coffee Area
Meet & Greet
Meet & Greet
11:30 12:15
Meeting room 12
Group Meeting
Workers' Group
12:30 13:30
Main stage
Plenary session

This important event will take up the main points that have been discussed during the conference and will embed them into the rich history of the Global Conferences on Child Labour. It will emphasize how we can learn from past experiences and strengthen collaboration to accelerate action to end child labour once and for all.