Overview

2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

It’s time to shift
from commitments to action!

Backed by a unanimously adopted resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, Alliance 8.7 is the global partnership to achieve SDG Target 8.7 and the International Labour Organization is the facilitator of the international year.

According to 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 challenge is concentrated in agriculture, services, and industries

The International Year is an opportunity to:

::: Act :::
::: Inspire :::
::: Scale up :::
We hope that this will be one more step to redouble our efforts and our progress to advance, day by day, towards a world in which no child is subjected to child labour or exploitation and a world where decent work for all will be a reality
(Former) Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations

The goals remain:

End child labour by 2025

End forced labour, human trafficking, and modern slavery by 2030

It’s time to accelerate the pace of progress.

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

  • Disrupted education
  • Family illness
  • Loss of household income

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.

It’s time to end child labour.