Global estimates and trends 2000-2012

Marking progress against child labour

This is the fourth issue of the ILO’s report series: Global Estimates on Child Labour. The present Report provides new global and regional estimates on child labour for the year 2012 and compares them with the previous estimates for 2000, 2004 and 2008.


It is four years since the previous estimates. Its focus is on the presentation of the new round of child labour estimates for 2012, to identify the trends from 2000 to 2012, and to set out some pointers on the way forward the international target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. The publication of this Report is timed to provide input into the III Global Conference on Child Labour being held in Brasilia in October 2013.

Since the year 2000, the ILO has been taking stock and measuring global progress on the reduction of child labour. The estimates are based on refined estimation techniques fully comparable with the ones for 2000, 2004 and 2008 rounds.