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The Holy Father gave the opening address and received the participants of the international conference “Eradicating Child Labour, Building a Better Future”, promoted by the Vatican Commission COVID-19 of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the FAO. The format was hybrid and María Lía Zervino was present in the conference hall on 19 November.

The conference focused on the persistence of child labour in the 21st century and the obstacles to overcome this scourge. Attention was paid to the issues of health and education to understand how child labour affects the dignity of children. Finally, the importance of dialogue and international cooperation was stressed.

During the meeting, a video was projected showing the Holy Father's thoughts and statements on the subject.