152 million children at work around the world

Child working, Indonesia
A child working on a food production site of traditional Indonesian chips in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: ILO, Asrian Mirza

One in ten children in the world, 152 million childs, are victims of the scourge of child labor, said the International Labor Organization (ILO) at the opening of the Fourth World Conference on the Sustainable Eradication of Child Labor, which was taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 14 to 16 November 2017. And among all these children, half do dangerous work.

The conference aimed to accelerate the pace of elimination of child labor by 2025, in line with commitments made in 2015 under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the eve of the conference, the ILO had called for renewed efforts to “relegate child labor to oblivion of history”, in a report released Monday 13 November.

Kids in school
kids school. Photo: Natasha Graham, GPE

“We are moving in the right direction, but we have to do it at a much more sustained pace,” said the organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, in its report, “End Child Labor by 2025: Review policies and programs”.

The report lists four key political “pillars” in the fight against child labor: strengthening legal protections, improving the governance of labor markets and family businesses, strengthening social protection and investing in quality free education.

Source: ILO, UN

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