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International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

Child labour in Central Asia
In Central Asia, a programme supported by the ILO is bringing government, trade unions and employers together to successfully fight the worst forms of child labour.
Child labour in Malawi
Emmanuel Amon, 18, spent most of his childhood working in the tobacco fields of Malawi. But today, he's preparing for college after graduating from a prestigious secondary school. Emmanuel explains how the ILO helped him leave fields and get an education.
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World Day Against Child Labour 2014
This year, World Day Against Child Labour draws attention to the role of social protection in keeping children out of child labour and removing them from it.
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For the second time, the ILO has produced global estimates of children in domestic work based on data from national household surveys.

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.
Source: Marking progress against child labour - Global estimates and trends 2000-2012 (ILO-IPEC, 2013).


  1. Eradicating forced and child labour from the supply chains: How to institute real change?

    1 - 12 September 2014, Online discussion at:

  2. IPEC International Steering Committee Meeting

    10 June 2014, Tuesday, 10 June, 13:00-15:00, Room XVII, Palais des Nations

  3. 1,000 musicians perform for World Day Against Child Labour

    9 June - 31 July 2014, Worldwide, May to July 2014

Just released

  1. Eliminating hazardous child labour and occupational safety, health and environmental risks: A manual for agents of change in cocoa communities in Ghana

    16 September 2014

    This Manual was produced by ILO-IPEC and GAWU to serve as an essential training tool for workers in the rural communities, especially cocoa farmers, to promote and ensure safety at the work place. Collaboration between workers’ and employers’ organizations is one of the most effective strategies to ensure safe practices at work places. Hopefully the production of this Manual will go a long way to help the community and farmers as well as agriculture extension officers in their training efforts.

  2. Viet Nam National Child Labour Survey 2012 - Main Findings

    31 July 2014

    The Viet Nam’s General Statistics Office (GSO), with technical support from ILO-IPEC, conducted a National Child Labour Survey (NCLS) in 2012 to establish a national child labour database and contribute to the global target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. This report, prepared by the Viet Nam’s Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), was developed from the data set provided by the NCLS 2012.

  3. Tackling child labour and protecting young workers in domestic work - A resource manual

    04 July 2014

    Global March and ILO-IPEC launch a Resource Manual on child domestic work


  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.

World Day Against Child Labour
12 June 2014

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