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Act now: end child labour!

World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2021

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem.

In June for the World Day, the ILO and UNICEF will release new global estimates and trends on child labour (2016-2020), under the aegis of Alliance 8.7. The report will include an assessment of how the pace of progress towards ending child labour is likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented economic crisis that has accompanied it.

For this year’s World Day, we will promote a “Week of Action” around 12 June, starting with the launch of the new global estimates on child labour. The events and activities carried out during this week will be an opportunity for partners to showcase progress in carrying out their “2021 Action Pledges.” All pledges made by regional, national and organizational stakeholders and individuals will be featured on the website for the 2021 International Year.

In 2021, the international community stands at a midway point - four years on from the last Global Conference on Child Labour in Argentina, and four years to go to achieve the SDG target 8.7 set to end child labour by 2025. This year’s World Day, and the action taken throughout the year, will contribute to the next milestone, the Global Conference on Child Labour in 2022, hosted by the Government of South Africa.

High-level side event to mark World Day Against Child Labour 2021

  1. Act Now: End Child Labour

Highlights

  1. World Day activities around the world

    Week of Action against Child Labour, 10-18 June 2021

    This year’s World Day Against Child Labour will be celebrated with a “Week of Action against Child Labour”, marked from 10-18 June 2021. Throughout this special week, events and activities around the world will provide an opportunity to discuss the new ILO-UNICEF global estimates and trends on child labour and showcase progress on the implementation of International Year “2021 Action Pledges”.

    Check the activities taking place in your country!

  2. The Music Against Child Labour Competition

    The competition is being run by the global youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International in collaboration with the International Labour Organization, under the umbrella of the Music Initiative.

Statements

  1. ILO and the Committee on the Rights of the Child call for urgent action to protect children’s rights and accelerate progress towards eliminating child labour by 2025

    Joint statement of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the International Labour Organization to mark the Week of Action against Child Labour – 10-18 June 2021.

  2. The International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture statement on child labour in agriculture

    The members of the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA), namely FAO, ILO, IFAD, IUF, IFPRI has released a joint statement on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour 2021, focusing on child labour in agriculture and reiterates its commitment towards the elimination of all forms of child labour in agriculture.