High-level virtual debate

COVID-19 and Child Labour: Looking forward in times of crisis

Join us for a high-level virtual debate on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour

Watch the full high-level debate

The high-level virtual debate will stimulate dialogue on the importance of protecting children from child labour in COVID-19 response and recovery plans, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021, and the SDG Target 8.7 to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.

Discussants will bring the views of UN agencies, governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society and youth on:
  • the impact of COVID-19 on child labour and measures that can be taken to mitigate the impact;
  • how the current health, economic and social crisis might affect progress towards SDG Target 8.7;
  • the opportunity for all UN member States and partners to join forces during the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour in 2021.
The main background document for the debate will be a joint ILO-UNICEF paper on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour, released on 12 June. The paper looks at some of the main channels through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.


The debate will be moderated by Ms Conny Czymoch, International journalist and moderator.

Do you want to participate?

You are kindly invited to send your questions to the panellists ahead of the debate to childlabour@ilo.org by 10 June.

You will also be able to pose questions during the debate live on ILO TV on YouTube. As time will permit only a very limited number of questions, we will gather other main questions during the debate and answer them on the campaign page in the week following the event.

Watch it live

To watch the high-level debate live, join us in ILOTV on YouTube @ https://bit.ly/12June2020_Debate. The debate will start at 4:30pm (CET).