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.


  1. “Raise Our Voices”, new song against child labour

    16 March 2015, Toronto, Canada

  2. "Today Festival - Say NO to Child Labour" concert

    20 February 2015, Conservatorio di Musica “L. Canepa”, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

  3. Ministry of Labour, ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children launch study on plight of working children on streets in Lebanon

    16 February 2015, Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut - Lebanon

  4. World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June

    1 January 2015 - 31 December 2016, Worldwide

Just released

  1. South Asia Children in labour and employment

    25 February 2015

  2. Children living and working on the street in Lebanon: Profile and magnitude

    16 February 2015

    The study provides the Government of Lebanon and non-governmental organizations with evidence-based research on the magnitude and profile of children living or working in the streets of Lebanon, and their socioeconomic situation.

  3. Labour institutions and social protection policies for the elimination of child labour in Argentina

    11 February 2015

    This report analyzes the current situation of child labour in Argentina, the implemented actions for prevention and eradication of the problem and challenges that need to face public policy. [In Spanish only]


  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.