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Act now to end child labour!

World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2021

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem.

In June for the World Day, the ILO and UNICEF will release new global estimates and trends on child labour (2016-2020), under the aegis of Alliance 8.7. The report will include an assessment of how the pace of progress towards ending child labour is likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented economic crisis that has accompanied it.

For this year’s World Day, we will promote a “Week of Action” around 12 June, starting with the launch of the new global estimates on child labour. The events and activities carried out during this week will be an opportunity for partners to showcase progress in carrying out their “2021 Action Pledges.” All pledges made by regional, national and organizational stakeholders and individuals will be featured on the website for the 2021 International Year in April.

In 2021, the international community stands at a midway point - four years on from the last Global Conference on Child Labour in Argentina, and four years to go to achieve the SDG target 8.7 set to end child labour by 2025. This year’s World Day, and the action taken throughout the year, will contribute to the next milestone, the Global Conference on Child Labour in 2022, hosted by the Government of South Africa.

Highlights

  1. 2021: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

    The International Year was adopted in the 2019 UN General Assembly. A main aim of the year is to urge governments to do what is necessary to achieve SDG Target 8.7.

  2. "Action pledges" needed to end child labour

    We are calling on stakeholders and individuals to choose a specific action that contributes to ending child labour and which can be achieved by December 2021.

  3. Competition launch!

    Music Against Child Labour Competition

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative is calling on musicians of all genres to submit a song to inspire governments and stakeholders to take action to eliminate child labour.