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  1. Somalia ratifies ILO Convention No. 182

    25 March 2014

    Somalia ratification of the ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour has now been formally registered. This brings the total number of ratification of Convention No. 182 to 179, out of 185 ILO Member States.

  2. Syrian Child Labour in Jordan

    25 March 2014

    The ILO response plan to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan has identified child labour as a priority. It is estimated there are currently over 580,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Jordan. While around 160,000 refugees live in designated camps, the remaining refugee population has found shelter in host communities in rural and urban areas across Jordan. Many Syrian children are at risk of falling into the trap of child labour - particularly its worst forms. Already, the Jordanian Government says that child labour has doubled nationwide - to 60,000 - since the refugee influx began in 2011.

  3. Somalia ratifies three fundamental ILO Conventions

    20 March 2014

    Somalia ratifies the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)

  4. One in ten Vietnamese youngsters aged 5-17 in child labour

    14 March 2014

    The first national data show that 1.75 million Vietnamese children are child workers. The rate of child labour in Viet Nam is lower than the world's average and very close to the regional figure.

  5. Ending child labour: "We know what works"

    27 February 2014

    Ending child labour in the cocoa industry takes work on the industry, government and community levels and the ILO knows what works, according to ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Appearing on a special edition of CNN's "Quest Means Business", Ryder joined in a vigorous panel debate about CNN's "Cocoanomics" documentary. In it, Richard Quest visits the Cote d'Ivoire to see what progress had been made in fighting child labour in the cocoa industry.

  6. Why definitions matter

    03 February 2014

    Definitions are important in developing reliable data and in guiding action on forced and child labour. They mean we can be held accountable for our efforts to generate change in the name of those who are the most exploited in the world today.

  7. Tribute to Maestro Claudio Abbado

    20 January 2014

    Maestro Claudio Abbado, one the greatest conductors of our age, Life Senator in Italy and co-founder of the Music Against Child Labour Initiative, died aged 80 on 20 January 2014 in Bologna. ILO-IPEC reflects on his career and his commitment to the struggle against child labour.

  8. Strengthening Human Security in the border communities of Turkana, Kenya

    14 January 2014

    The project launched in 2012 proposed activities aim to improve human security in a context of UN inter-agency coordination including UNTFHS, UNDP, FAO, WHO, IOM, UNICEF, and ILO-IPEC.

  9. Myanmar ratifies the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

    19 December 2013

    Myanmar is the 178th ILO member State to ratify this instrument, which calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

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