News on child labour


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    Romanian street children

    06 February 2002

    Beneath the streets of the Romanian capital, Bucharest, live hundreds of children who barely survive through begging, working on the streets or prostitution. The International Labour Organization is funding efforts to get them off the streets and back with their families, as ILO TV now reports.

  2. Press release

    ILO waves "red card" at child labour

    15 January 2002

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) will launch its "Red Card to Child Labour" campaign this week to coincide with the start of the 2002 African Cup of Nations that begins Saturday (Jan. 19) in Bamako, Mali.


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    14 December 2001

    Beneath the palace-lined streets of St. Petersburg, live 16,000 children and their numbers are growing. Working street children are a new phenomenon in Russia brought on by the collapse of the Soviet system of support. They are only now learning how to cope.

  2. Press release

    Agreement to end child labour on cocoa farms

    01 October 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) today welcomed the agreement between two members of the U.S. Congress and representatives of the world chocolate industry to eliminate child slavery on West African cocoa plantations and end the worst forms of child labour in the global cocoa-chocolate sector.

  3. Press release

    ILO launches new "time-bound" programmes against worst forms of child labour

    12 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch a bold new initiative on Tuesday, 12 June aimed at greatly accelerating the removal of millions of children from the most abusive forms of child labour.

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    25 May 2001

    Three years ago, the International Labour Organization adopted a convention against worst forms of child labour, including the use of children in mining, sexual exploitation and domestic work. Now three countries are stepping up the pace to stop child labour. ILO TV reports.

  5. Press release

    ILO calls on UN General Assembly Special Session to emphasize child labour

    26 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Office (ILO) is urging that the global scourge of child labour be a major focus of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children.


  1. Press release

    ILO worst forms of child labour Convention comes into force

    17 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The global campaign against the worst forms of child labour receives a powerful new boost on Sunday, 19 November, the date when the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention No. 182 comes into force as international law.


  1. Press release

    U.S. ratifies ILO Convention against the worst forms of child labour

    02 December 1999

    SEATTLE (ILO News) - "U.S. President Clinton's signing today in Seattle of the instruments of ratification of the new international Convention against the worst forms of child labour is an important boost to the campaign for universal adoption of this landmark agreement," said Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO)

  2. Press release

    New ILO child labour Convention receives first ratification

    30 September 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Republic of Seychelles became the first country to formally ratify the ILO's newest international labour standard on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, Convention No. 182, which was adopted unanimously by the Organization's 174 member States at the International Labour Conference in Geneva last June.