Some argue that child labor helps some children to ensure that they have shelter and food that would otherwise not be available to them. These people tend to paint child labor as beneficial. However, this view detracts from two important issues. First, child labor has an adverse effect on all aspects of children’s lives. Child labor has a significant effect on children’s mental and physical wellbeing. Some forms of labor will have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of children, often having a permanent effect on their health. This is especially so where children work in hazardous environments. Children in employment are prevented from accessing education that would otherwise help them to build a better future. Furthermore, children in labor often do not have access to medical care and other behavioral and cognitive assistance they may require. Many of them become victims of abuse, extortion or worse. Second, such acceptance of child labor as positive neglects the conditions that often force children to undertake work at very early stages of their development. As UNICEF identifies, ‘child labor reinforces intergenerational cycles of poverty, undermines national economies and impedes achieving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’
“The UK and Pakistan have both made a promise to eradicate child labour by signing up to the first universal set of Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs,” said Joanna Reid, Head of DFID in Pakistan. “The Aawaz II programme is an essential component of that success.
In his message for the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Bunhe said, “By helping include children, women and youth in Pakistan’s development, this joint programme will benefit all Pakistanis by reducing inequality – a key Sustainable Development Goal.”
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES) released a report on the realization of sustainable development goals in the Asia Pacific region before the Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD).
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) hosted the 30th Regional Regional Symposium on Fiscal Policy and published the report “Financial Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018: Public Policy Challenges within the Framework of the 2030 Agenda”.
UNICEF issued a document on progress towards child-related indicators of sustainable development goals and found that the data gap remains large in Europe despite overall progress
FIA Foundation Deputy Director Avi Silverman said: “These targets are essential if there is to be global progress towards the SDG agenda on road safety. They provide a clear set of actions to be prioritized by governments worldwide. And importantly, they take into account the needs of children and the vulnerable, setting the key objectives to save lives on the world’s roads.”
The goal of Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 is to halve the number of road traffic casualties by 2020. The focus of SRD 11.2 is to provide everyone with a safe and sustainable transportation system, improve road safety and pay special attention to children and vulnerable groups.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “Road injuries are the top cause of death for young people. It is simply not possible to improve child and adolescent health if we don’t address road traffic crashes”, which had emphasized the importance of the work, particularly for children and youngsters.