International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

Facts and figures

  • Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
  • Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
  • There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
  • Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
  • Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.

Just released

  1. Report of the National Child Activity Survey - Belize 2013

    20 May 2015

    This survey is intended to provide updated information on working children, child labour, and hazardous work performed by children in Belize, as desired by the National Steering Committee on Child Labour set up by the Ministry of Labour, Government of Belize.

  2. Brochure of the National Child Activity Survey - Belize 2013 - Key facts and figures

    20 May 2015

  3. Plan of action to eliminate child labour in tourism in Petra

    23 April 2015

    The Plan of Action has been discussed and agreed following an inclusive consultation process and calls for urgent political and financial commitment within the context of relevant national policy and legislative frameworks, in particular the National Framework to Combat Child Labour. It will act as a key advocacy tool in mobilising national and international commitment and support for action to eliminate child labour in tourism in Petra.

Highlights

  1. Conference

    III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013

    The ILO will participate in the III Global Conference on Child Labour which will bring together representatives from government, social partners, civil society, regional and international organizations to share policies and experiences in the global fight against child labour.

    The Conference – organized by the Brazilian Government – will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the previous global conference was held in The Hague in 2010, and to discuss ways to accelerate global efforts against child labour – especially its worst forms.