The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency that serves to define and enforce dignified and safe labor practices around the world. The ILO was established in 1919 and it later became the United Nations’ first specialized agency in 1946. Today the organization continues to campaign for humane labor practices across the globe. The ILO is unique among the United Nations’ agencies in that it features a tripartite structure where representatives of government organizations, employers, and workers all have a voice within the agency and are present at the organization’s meetings and discussions.
Like Touch A Life, the ILO is invested in raising awareness in and combating the issue of modern-day slavery and dangerous child labor practices. The ILO convention “Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work” was created in 1998. It contains four sections, each of which defines and describes a fundamental right regarding labor practices and employment to which all members of the United Nations’ states are entitled. One of the four objectives of the “Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work” convention is the elimination of harmful or dangerous child labor. The ILO seeks to end labor practices that harm the physical, psychological, or emotional development of young people. This declaration attempts especially to combat what the ILO has called “the worst forms of child labor”, which include practices such as slavery, human trafficking, and the recruitment of children into the military.
The “Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work” is a tremendously important convention for raising awareness and setting international labor standards, as child slavery remains a pervasive issue in the world today. In fact, the ILO has estimated that human trafficking remains the third most profitable illegal market in the world, directly behind the underground drugs and arms trades. Touch A Life works directly with the victims of human trafficking to provide rehabilitative long-term care. Do your part today to give one of these young victims a chance at a happier life.