The State of the World's Children 1997

Focus on Child Labour

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Each year, The State of the World's Children closely examines a key issue affecting children. The 1997 Report focuses on the controversial and emotional, as well as complex and challenging issue of child labour. It asserts that thoughtful and comprehensive attempts at solutions must be guided by the best interests of the child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Report urges an immediate end to hazardous and exploitative child labour and advocates urgent support for education so that children may acquire knowledge and skills to improve their lives.

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The well-being of children has been the inspiration and the driving purpose of the United Nations Children's Fund for 50 years. It is from this unique perspective and experience that UNICEF adds its voice, concern and expertise to the debate about child labour, the primary focus of The State of the World's Children 1997 report.

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