Annual Report Examines Global Efforts to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labor
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has released its annual report describing the efforts of 143 countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, which is one of the criteria for eligibility for trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The report tracks from year to year whether a country has made significant, moderate, minimal or no advancement, and this year a record 13 countries (Albania, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda) are listed as having received an assessment of significant advancement.
The bulk of this report is composed of individual country profiles, each of which includes a narrative assessment of government actions to advance efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labor, six sections that describe the problem and different aspects of government efforts to address it, and a set of suggested actions. ILAB states that this year’s report introduces a new format that displays key information in a more streamlined manner to make it more user-friendly and a better policy tool for engagement.