The ILO recently approved a Recommendation on Social Protection Floors , which promotes the importance of ensuring a basic level of income security throughout the life cycle, as well as access to essential health care. With only about 20 per cent of the world’s working-age population having adequate access to social protection, it is vital that progress is made in extending the reach of such programmes to all families throughout the world. In so doing more children will be saved from the turmoil and drudgery of child labour.
The issue of how social protection can be better used to end child labour will be one of the many topics discussed at the Third Global Conference on Child Labour to be held in Brazil in October 2013. This Conference, which is expected to have over a 1000 participants, will review progress on the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.