Child labour frameworks by country: Guyana

ILO Strategic Policy Framework and Programme and Budget

The work of IPEC responds to specific country programme outcomes that have been formulated to respond to the needs of the ILO’s tripartite Constituents at national level. The following table indicates the country programme outcome 16 for this country as it relates to the overall child labour outcome described at ILO’s Programme and Budget 2010-2011, Outcome 16.


Significant policy and programme actions have been taken to eliminate child labour in line with ILO Conventions and recommendations

Ratified international conventions and national legislation relating to child labour

ILO: Conventions No. 138 and No. 182

The ILO has two core Conventions relating to child labour: Convention No. 138 on minimum age, adopted in 1973, and Convention No. 182 on the worst forms on child labour, adopted in 1999.

The status of ratification of these two Conventions is as follows:


Ratification date


ILO Convention No. 138 – Minimum age

15 April 1998

Minimum Age: 15

ILO Convention No. 182 – Worst forms

15 January 2001


Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations regarding Conventions No. 138 and No. 182

The Committee of Experts is mandated to provide an impartial and technical evaluation of the state of application of the ratified conventions. The Committee of Experts makes two kinds of comments: observations and direct requests.

Observations contain comments on fundamental questions raised by the application of a particular convention by a state. These observations are published in the Committee's annual report.

Direct requests relate to more technical questions or requests for further information.

See below the individual observations and/or direct requests for Conventions No. 138 and Convention No. 182.

Convention No. 138

Individual observations


Direct requests

2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010

Convention No. 182

Individual observations


Direct requests

2005 2006 2007 2009 2010

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted in 1989, contains a range of international rights for children. Article 32 of the Convention addresses child labour.

In addition to the CRC, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two optional protocols in 2000. One concerning the involvement of children in armed conflict, referred to as article 11.b, and the second on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, article 11.c.





Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

14 January 1991



Article 11.b: Children in armed conflicts

11 August 2010



Article 11.c: Child prostitution & pornography

30 July 2010



ttee on the Rights of the Child: Concluding observations on the CRC

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is mandated to monitor and report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by ratifying governments. The Committee also monitors implementation of the optional protocols. The Committee then provides concluding observations.

The Committee’s concluding observations for the CRC and the Optional Protocols for this country, if ratified, can be accessed from the United Nation’s Treaty Body Database.

Relevant national legislation

For information on relevant national legislation of this country, please visit the ILO Natlex database.