In 2019, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work.
Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture.
On this World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour. We will also look forward towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour. Since its founding in 1919, the protection of children has been embedded in the ILO’s Constitution (Preamble) . One of the first Conventions adopted by the ILO was on Minimum Age in Industry (No. 5, 1919).
On this World Day, we will also look forward towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025. In support of Alliance 8.7 , we call for immediate action to address the remaining challenges so that the world community can get firmly on track towards eliminating child labour. A newly released ILO report points the way with policy approaches and responses.
2019 marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) . With only a few countries still to ratify, this Convention is close to universal ratification. On this World Day we call for full ratification and implementation of Convention No. 182 and of the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) . We also encourage ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, which protects both adults and children.
The World Day Against Child Labour is widely supported by governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, UN agencies, and many others who are concerned with tackling child labour. We would like to invite you and your organization to be part of the World Day. Join us and add your voice to the worldwide movement against child labour. For more information, contact us.
Geneva High-Level Thematic Session
TOGETHER for a brighter future without child labour
Celebrating the World Day Against Child Labour 2019, we look back at a century of struggle and forward to future challenges and opportunities. The thematic debate will focus on the major transformations being experienced in the world of work, whether the result of technology, environmental or demographic, and what this means for the youngest in society. Given the proven policy areas for combatting child labour, the discussion will also focus on accelerating action towards SDG Target 8.7, entailing “the ratification and implementation of fundamental ILO labour standards and compliance in law and practice.” Invitation The debate will be followed by the second segment on “Empowering actors for social change” which will focus on the role of partnerships in building the momentum for campaigns and action against child labour. Within the context of the WDACL and the ILO’s SCREAM (Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media) programme, it will highlight the key role of children and youth in such efforts.