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Cuba Calls for Fight against Poverty to Eradicate Child Labor


Brasilia, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba stressed today the need to fight hunger, poverty and social exclusion to eliminate the worst forms of exploitation and use of children at the Third Global Conference on Child Labour.

Speaking at the meeting attended by heads of delegations and representatives of regional and international organizations, the Cuban ambassador in Brazil, Carlos Zamora, defended the need to address the harmful effects of the economic and financial crisis to reduce its impact on the people living in poverty or extreme poverty.

"We must keep denouncing the scope and impact of this problem, giving wider dissemination to good practices and positive experiences, generalizing the knowledge on how to combat child labor and working to have the maximum amount of social actors involved to this issue," he said.

Zamora stressed that eliminating child labor should be a priority in the agenda for the post-2015 development and international cooperation, which along with the experience and the technical assistance of international and regional groups can contribute to the fulfillment of the goal set.

"Without greater effort and commitment, we will not achieve the goal of eradicating the child labor for 2016," he said.

He noted that in this regard, developing countries are in a more vulnerable situation and have fewer resources to deal with its impact.

Referring to Cuba, Zamora said that his country's law establishes the necessary prohibitions so that there is not child labor, which contributed to the fact that no Cuban child is included in the chilling child labor data released by the International Labour Organization.

The 3rd Global Conference on Child Labor ends Thursday with the adoption of "The Brasilia Declaration on Child Labour", which includes the countriesâ commitments to the eradication of child labor.