Views from Working Children-C20 Summit 2020
Formed on 26th September 1999, the G20 (Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union (EU). The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union.
Engagement Groups comprised of various stakeholders of the international community host meetings relevant to the G20 discussions. They represent the Business community (B20), Civil society (C20), Labor unions (L20), Scientists (S20), Think tanks (T20), Urban cities (U20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20) from the G20 members and make contributions such as drafting recommendations on their areas of interest.
Civil Society 20 (C20) provides a platform of Civil Society Organizations around the world to bring forth a non-government and non-business voice. It provides a space through which global civil society organizations can contribute in a structured and sustained manner to the G20.
The C20 Summit 2020 running from 6th October 2020 to 9th October 2020 is being hosted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on global travel, the summit is being held virtually. On 6th October 2020, child representatives gave their views about child labor in an interactive session under the theme “Let Our Voices Be Heard: Working Children’s Perspectives on Local and Global Matters!” (https://c20.summit.tc/2020/events/let-our-voices-be-heard-working-childrens-perspectives-on-local-and-global-matters-8k9GsVDdcyAsfdqBXtPvno) The child representatives are under the aegis of “It’s Time to Talk! – Children’s Views on Children’s Work (T2T)” which is a collaborative research and advocacy project with working children supported by Kindernothilfe (KNH) and Terre des hommes Germany (TdH) in partnership with local and national NGOs and working children’s Advisory Committees. AfCiC is privileged to be part of the project. Two child representatives (Margaret and Mary) from the Thika Children Advisory Committee working through AfCiC participated in the session where they gave their perspective about child labor in Kenya and possible solutions to challenges emergent