UNICEF to start new project targeting child labor in Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-19 04:46:38|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BEIRUT, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Lebanon Tanya Chapuisat said on Monday that the agency is working on new projects to support children's well-being in Lebanon.

"The UNICEF in Lebanon is working on a project to help municipalities in fighting against child labor," Chapuisat was quoted as saying by the National News Agency.

Chapuisat's remarks came during her meeting with Interior Minister Raya El Hassan to discuss the projects planned by the agency in Lebanon.

Chapuisat said that the UNICEF has a database including statistics about child labor in Lebanon.

"We are keen at the UNICEF to work in cooperation with the Interior Ministry to stop this phenomenon in Lebanon," she said.

Around 4,500 boys and girls in Lebanon benefited from UNICEF's EU-funded child labor support services in 2017.

This year, the European Union Trust Fund has also raised awareness on the risks and negative consequences of child labor to a further 7,000 and additionally helped secure case management services for 800 victims of the most severe forms of child labor.