According to ILO estimates there are still 12.5 million children who work in the Latin American and Caribbean region. During the inauguration of the event, Jose Manuel Salazar, ILO regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, emphasized that is necessary to invest resources equivalent to 0.3% of GDP to eliminate child labour by 2025.
The roundtable was held within the framework of the regional initiative: Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour, which was signed by the governments of the region and supported by the ILO. The initiative seeks to accelerate the efforts to eliminate this practice. The Brazilian government convened the roundtable as a part of the Brazil-ILO South-South Cooperation Initiative.