International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

Facts and figures

  • Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
  • Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
  • There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
  • Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
  • Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.

Events

  1. "Today Festival - Say NO to Child Labour" concert

    20 February 2015, Conservatorio di Musica “L. Canepa”, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

  2. Ministry of Labour, ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children launch study on plight of working children on streets in Lebanon

    16 February 2015, Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut - Lebanon

  3. Lullaby to sing to sleep a child who never rests, by Pilar Jurado

    17 December 2014, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, Spain

  4. Christmas concert by the Fanny Hensel Music School, Berlin, dedicated to the Initiative

    14 December 2014, Lutheran Church in Berlin’s Humboldthain district, Germany

Just released

  1. Children living and working on the street in Lebanon: Profile and magnitude

    16 February 2015

    The study provides the Government of Lebanon and non-governmental organizations with evidence-based research on the magnitude and profile of children living or working in the streets of Lebanon, and their socioeconomic situation.

  2. Youth-orientated version of ILO Conventions on Child Labour

    23 January 2015

  3. Let’s join hands to fight child labour: SCREAM module on HIV, AIDS and child labour in Uganda

    22 January 2015

Highlights

  1. Conference

    III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013

    The ILO will participate in the III Global Conference on Child Labour which will bring together representatives from government, social partners, civil society, regional and international organizations to share policies and experiences in the global fight against child labour.

    The Conference – organized by the Brazilian Government – will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the previous global conference was held in The Hague in 2010, and to discuss ways to accelerate global efforts against child labour – especially its worst forms.