Today tens of millions of children work in the most abhorrent conditions which rob them of their childhood, their health, and sometimes even their lives. None of these children have ever had the slightest chance to realize their potential. Parliamentarians have a key role to play in making the goal of eradicating the worst forms of child labor a reality. As lawmakers, they can encourage ratification of the Convention. They can also help to fashion policy, adopt the requisite national legislation, vote the necessary budgets and oversee the day-to-day action of the government.