Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour in the context of International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour in Nepal

The ILO Country Office for Nepal, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, is organizing a national social dialogue event with ILO constituents and development and policy advocacy partners, on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour 2021.


The UN has declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYECL) and the development actors throughout the world are organizing several events to mark this year to scale up actions to meet the SDG target 8.7. This year, the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) will have combined activities throughout the year to mark the IYECL as well. The ILO Country Office for Nepal, in collaboration with local stakeholders, has completed a number of researches and surveys to highlight significant facets of child labour in Nepal.

The surveys shed light on policies and interventions to eliminate child labour in the country. The Nepal Labour Force Survey III (NLFS-III) shows that there are 2.1 million children involved in work. Another joint research conducted by ILO, UNICEF and Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in brick kiln industry also gives an overview of child and forced labour in the country and reveals the key driving forces that help foster them. The Nepal Child Labour Report 2021, a joint publication of the ILO and CBS, provides a compelling analysis of child labour in Nepal. It shows a decrease of 0.5 million child-labourers in the last decade. It has the data of child labour with specific dis-aggregation on age, sex, caste-ethnicity as well as geography and sector. An analytical discussion with the key constituents and stakeholders can be a milestone for Nepal towards the pathway to eliminating child labour and protection of children’s rights.

The virtual event will conduct a panel discussion “Child labour in Nepal: Progress and Challenges” by inviting senior level representatives from key line agencies. The programme will be recorded and broadcast live through TV and social media platform. The programme will be chaired by the representative of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS).


The objective of the event is to hold a participatory discussion on the following issues:

1.    The trend of child labour elimination considering a decade long duration in Nepal.
2.    Key achievements in terms of laws, policies and programs on child labour elimination in the last decade. Are there any legal and policy gaps?
3.    The significant patterns on the data of working children with specific age, sex, geography, sector and caste/ethnicity.
4.    The key areas/sectors that Nepal government and the development partners should consider as the priorities for eliminating child labour in Nepal.

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The event will be interpreted in English and Nepali.




Responsible Official/Organization


Message on IYECL in Nepal

Ms. Sara Beysolow Nyanti
UN Resident Coordinator


Snapshot on Child Labour in Nepal

Mr. Ganesh Thapa, Economist



Views of former child labour

Ms Suna Maya Moktan



Panel discussion on “Child Labour in Nepal: Progress and Challenges”

Panel Members

      Mr. Uddhav Raj Poudyal
Expert Child Protection/Child Labour

·       Mr. Sujan Jojiju, Under Secretary
Labour Office, Kathmandu

Ms. Writtu Bhatta Rai, Chairperson, National Child Protection Alliance


Question-Answer(Q&A) session


All participants & panellists


Remarks representative of employer’s organizations

Mr. Ram Chandra Sanghai
Vice President and the Chairperson
Employers Council, Federation of Nepalese
Chambers of Commerce and Industry


Remarks by representative of workers’ organizations

Mr. Indra Deo Mishra
General Secretary
Joint Trade Union Coordination Center 


Remarks by the Government Representative and

Mr. Binod Prakash Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and
Social Security


Closing remarks

Mr. Richard Howard, Country Director
ILO Country Office for Nepal