News on child labour


  1. Press release

    King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain to visit the ILO Will mark 10th Anniversary of Spain’s cooperation with ILO child labour programme

    03 March 2005

    Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain will attend a special Session at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday, March 8, to commemorate 10 years of cooperation between Spain and the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

  2. Press release

    World Day against Child Labour 2005 to focus on child labour in mines and quarries

    25 February 2005

    The plight of children who work in mines and quarries that are often dangerous, dirty and can post a grave risk to their health and safety will be the focus of the fourth World Day Against Child Labour, scheduled for 12 June 2005, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.

  3. News

    ILO Tsunami Response Tsunami: ILO/IPEC project on vulnerability of children to worst forms of child labour

    10 February 2005

    On February 8, the United States Department of Labour approved a new $1.5 million project to address vulnerability of children to worst forms of child labour following the Tsunami disaster in Aceh.

  4. Video

    Gilberto Gil Against Child Labour

    06 January 2005

    Brazil's minister of culture, Gilberto Gil, brings his musical talents to the fight against child labour. Directed by the Brazilian film-maker, Fernando Meirelles (O2 Films), Gilberto Gil sings a special version of a famous Brazilian song, written by Paulo Tatit, "Comida" (Food) from the Pop Group Titãs. He performs alongside children who have been withdrawn from work and who are beneficiaries of the Brazilian Programme to Combat Child Labour (PETI). This public service announcement was produced by the International Labour Organization in partnership with the Brazilian Ministries of Culture and Social Development.


  1. News

    World scouting to work with ILO against child labour

    10 December 2004

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) have agreed to cooperate at enhancing children's participation and youth empowerment to eliminate child labour though the participation of the Scouts in the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO/IPEC).

  2. Video


    01 July 2004

    In Cambodia, a system of factory monitors has virtually eliminated child labour in the textile industry. It’s partly down to a unique partnership with the government, employers, and the International Labour Organization. ILO TV reports on the difference it has made to the life of one young girl, Sok Keng.

  3. Video

    The real story of Cinderella: Children in domestic labour

    11 June 2004

    All children are encouraged to lend a hand at home. But a new report from the International Labour Organization, or ILO, highlights the plight of the millions of youngsters who are exploited in domestic service. ILO TV tells the real story of Cinderella.

  4. Press release

    ILO marks 150th ratification of 1999 Convention on the worst forms of child labour

    24 May 2004

    The world's fundamental international standard for combating the worst forms of child labour, International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182, has received its 150th ratification, putting it within sight of achieving universal ratification by all of the Organization's 177 Member States.

  5. Article

    Fighting child labour in Indonesia: ILO launches new programme

    05 May 2004

    Some 4 million children below the age of 18 in Indonesia work in often dangerous jobs. Can they find another way of life that benefits them and their families? As the ILO launches a new programme in Indonesia to fight child labour, ILO Online examines how one child traded work for education and found a better future for himself and his family in the process.

  6. Press release

    India, U.S. and ILO join forces to fight child labour; new project targets directly some 80,000 children in hazardous work

    16 February 2004

    The Government of India, in cooperation with the US Department of Labor and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today launched a US$ 40 million programme aimed at eliminating child labour that targets directly some 80,000 children in ten hazardous industries. This is the largest child labour programme ever undertaken by the ILO at the country level.