Developing Countries: Children

Department for International Development written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what targets her Department has set for tackling (a) child labour and (b) other children's rights issues internationally; and if she will take steps to ensure such targets are included in the sustainable development goals.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK is strongly supportive of Sustainable Development Goal 16 as proposed by the Open Working Group on the sustainable development goals. As currently drafted, this includes a target on ending all forms of violence and abuse against children. The UK has been vocally supportive of target 5.3 which includes the requirement to end child, early, and forced marriage and female genital mutilation and the Open Working Group report additionally includes targets on child labour.

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