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Updated: June 12, 2010 10:44 IST

Obama commits $ 60 million towards child labour elimination

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President Barack Obama delivering the commencement address for Kalamazoo Central High School at Western Michigan University Arena. File photo
AP President Barack Obama delivering the commencement address for Kalamazoo Central High School at Western Michigan University Arena. File photo

U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration has committed $ 60 million this year to towards elimination of child labour around the globe that number around 215 million.

“Childhood is a time that should be spent in classrooms and on playgrounds, but for 215 million children around the world, it is a time spent working, often in dangerous and deplorable conditions. And while reports indicate that child labour continues to decline, much work remains to be done,” Mr. Obama said.

“My Administration is committing $ 60 million this year to support efforts to reduce child labour around the world,” said the U.S. President, in a statement issued on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour.

The U.S. Department of labour has also taken steps to improve protections for child workers in the United States, and we have dramatically increased our child labour law enforcement efforts, Mr. Obama said, adding this week the Department of State and the Department of labour jointly hosted a conference on child labour that demonstrated our intention to take a whole of government approach to this issue.

“Participants from multiple federal agencies and the National Security Council, alongside NGOs and multilateral organisations, all reaffirmed a commitment to take action against child labour in the year ahead,” he said.

“We must address the root causes of child labour by ensuring access to education for all children and helping families to secure sustainable livelihoods and to overcome the poverty that contributes to child labour,” he said.

“On this World Day Against Child labour, all of us must recommit ourselves to creating a world where our children have a brighter future, free of exploitive labour,” Mr. Obama said.

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