2021 is the International Year
for the Elimination of Child Labour

Backed by a unanimously adopted resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, the International Labour Organization is leading the way.


It’s time to shift from commitments to action!

According to ILO estimates:

  • Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 38% decrease in child labour globally
  • Almost 100 million children have been removed from child labour over the past 20 years
  • But, 152 million children across the world are still in child labour
  • The problem is concentrated in agriculture, services, and industries

The International Year is an opportunity to:

Drive action
Share experiences
Propel momentum

This is even more urgent in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot allow the fight against the worst forms of child labour to backslide.

Roberto Suarez Santos
Head of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

The goals remain:

  • End child labour by 2025
  • End forced labour, human trafficking, and modern slavery by 2030

The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening momentum. For many children and their families, the consequences have been:

  • Disrupted education
  • Family illness
  • Loss of household income
It’s time to end child labour.
It’s time to accelerate the pace of progress.

We must revitalize partnerships, increase awareness, and inspire legislative and practical actions to eliminate child labour. It’s a step towards a more peaceful and prosperous planet, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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