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. Good practices and lessons learned on the elimination of child labour in Ghana - ECOWAS projects' experiences

    11 August 2015

    The objectives of the GP and LL documentation is to enable sharing of practices that significantly contributed or have the potential to contribute to efforts at eliminating child labour and which could inspire other on-going and future interventions.

  2. My-PEC project updates

    30 June 2015

    My-PEC project news for the period of January to June 2015.

  3. Good practices and lessons learned on the elimination of child labour in Nigeria - ECOWAS projects' experiences

    24 June 2015

    This ECOWAS projects' document is a collection of good practices and lessons learned which should allow to fight against the worst forms of child labor in West Africa.


  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.