ILO Contributions to achieve Target 8.7

In Target 8.7 leaders committed to:
"Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms."

This call to action presents a unique opportunity to bring about a world free of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. It is a call to work together in innovative new ways.

ILO work to achieve Target 8.7

  1. Child labour

  2. Forced labour

  1. ILO Flagship Programme 

    International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (IPEC+)

    The ILO’s Flagship Programmes make the best use of resources and provide effective, efficient and sustainable services to member States. They have a greater impact through larger scale activities and build capacity more efficiently through economies of scale.

    In line with Sustainable Development Target 8.7, IPEC+ focuses on the elimination of child labour in all its forms by 2025 and the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030.

  2. ILO Initiative

    8.7 Accelerator Lab

    The 8.7 Accelerator Lab gives governments evidence-based policy guidance on SDG target 8.7: eradicating forced and child labour. It pools successful strategies, innovative tools, platforms and funding to accelerate progress.

2020 Global Estimates of Child Labour

  1. Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward

    Published for the first time jointly by the ILO and UNICEF, as co-custodians of Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the report takes stock of where we stand in the global effort to end child labour.

Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

  1. Modern Slavery Report

    Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage

    The report focus on two main issues: forced labour and forced marriage. The estimate of forced labour comprises forced labour in the private economy, forced sexual exploitation of adults and commercial sexual exploitation of children, and state-imposed forced labour. It is the result of a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). They benefited from inputs provided by other UN agencies, in particular the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

    Full Report
    Executive Summary
    Regional Briefs: Africa, Americas, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia
    Press Release


  1. Alliance 8.7

    For a world without forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

  2. Child Labour Platform

    A business-led forum for tackling child labour in supply chains.

  3. ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour

    Driving action, scale and sustainability through collaboration

  4. Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour

    The mission of the Regional Initiative is to declare Latin America and the Caribbean the first developing Region in the world to be free of child labor by 2025.

Campaigns and advocacy

  1. 50 for Freedom

    Support the international treaty to end modern slavery.

  2. World Day Against Child Labour

    Observed on June 12th, the day is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.

  3. Fair recruitment Initiative

    Fostering fair recruitment practices, preventing human trafficking and reducing the costs of labour migration.

  4. "Music against Child Labour" Initiative

    The Initiative calls on musicians worldwide to dedicate a concert or song to the struggle against child labour.

  5. Red Card to Child Labour

    The ILO decided to use the symbol of the red card to raise awareness in preventing, challenging and eliminating child labour.

Global Conferences on Child Labour

The Global Conferences on Child Labour are spaces for joint dialogue, sharing of good practices and policy reflexion between governments, social partners, international organizations and civil society organizations on the progress made on the elimination of child labour and to agree on the way forward to accelerate its elimination.

  1. 5th Global Conference on Child Labour, Durban 2022

    5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour 
    Durban, 15-20 May 2022

  2. IV Global Conference on Child Labour, Buenos Aires 2017

    Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, Buenos Aires, 14-16 November 2017

  3. III Global Conference on Child Labour, Brasilia 2013

    Towards a child labour-free world
    Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013

  4. II Global Conference on Child Labour, The Hague 2010

    Towards a world without child labour – Mapping the road to 2016
    The Hague, 10-11 May 2010

  5. I International Conference on Child Labour, Oslo 1997

    Oslo, 27-30 October 1997