On Tuesday, the labor ministers and representatives of 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries signed a declaration launching an initiative to rid the region of child labor, officials said.
The declaration was signed within the framework of the 18th Regional Meeting of the International Labor Organization that seeks to prevent and eradicate child labor via intergovernmental cooperation.
Fredy Otarola, the Peruvian Labor Minister, who was presiding over the regional ILO meeting, said that the initiative seeks to accelerate the prevention of child labor through institutional cooperation among different sectors of government.
Signing the declaration were representatives from Argentina, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The 18th Regional ILO Meeting has been underway in Lima since last Thursday with an eye toward evaluating the advances and changes in the labor situation in the Americas since the last regional conference, which was held in 2010 in Santiago, Chile.
Some 400 delegates and participants from 70 nations are participating in the meeting.
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