GENEVA — The French musical group, Kids United New Generation, have joined the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) campaign to end child labour.
The singers have dedicated their latest song, Take a Stand, to the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, scheduled for 2021.
The new song highlights the urgent need to take action to address the problem and calls on governments and organizations around the world to do more. The lyrics focus on a message of hope, that child labour can end if we all work together.
“We all must do our part
To give these lives a brand-new start
On us, their futures depend
Bring child labour to an end.”
Kids United New Generation consists of five children, Dylan, Gloria, Ilyana, Nathan and Valentina. As part of their efforts to promote children’s rights they are UNICEF messengers and are also supporters of the global Music Against Child Labour Initiative (MACLI), which was launched in 2013 by the ILO and some of the world’s greatest musicians. MACLI calls on musicians to dedicate a concert or song to the struggle against child labour and to empower children through music education.
“The song is our contribution to the global fight to end child labour. We were honoured to record this clip, and we dedicate it to the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, which will be marked in 2021. We hope with all of our hearts that it will touch you as much as it touched us in making it.”
“Support for ending child labour has never been more important because the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress,” said Francesco d’Ovidio, ILO Officer in Charge, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch.
“It is thrilling to see these young singing stars joining the cause because this initiative is also about empowering children, including those who were formerly in child labour, and joining forces to make change.”
The ILO estimates that 152 million children are currently in child labour, of whom 73 million are in hazardous forms of work. The international community has set a goal of ending child labour in all its forms by 2025, in Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7. The global partnership Alliance 8.7 supports this work and brings together 230 partners and 22 Pathfinder Countries to coordinate action and drive progress.
The new song is partially funded by the United States Department of Labor, under th MAP 16 Project.