News on child labour


  1. Press release

    ILO marks 150th ratification of 1999 Convention on the worst forms of child labour

    24 May 2004

    The world's fundamental international standard for combating the worst forms of child labour, International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182, has received its 150th ratification, putting it within sight of achieving universal ratification by all of the Organization's 177 Member States.

  2. Article

    Fighting child labour in Indonesia: ILO launches new programme

    05 May 2004

    Some 4 million children below the age of 18 in Indonesia work in often dangerous jobs. Can they find another way of life that benefits them and their families? As the ILO launches a new programme in Indonesia to fight child labour, ILO Online examines how one child traded work for education and found a better future for himself and his family in the process.

  3. Press release

    India, U.S. and ILO join forces to fight child labour; new project targets directly some 80,000 children in hazardous work

    16 February 2004

    The Government of India, in cooperation with the US Department of Labor and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today launched a US$ 40 million programme aimed at eliminating child labour that targets directly some 80,000 children in ten hazardous industries. This is the largest child labour programme ever undertaken by the ILO at the country level.

  4. Article

    Eliminating child labour: The costs and benefits

    06 February 2004

    A just-released study by the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), "Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour", argues that the benefits of eliminating child labour will far outweigh the costs. Peter Dorman, the author of the report, explains the costs and benefits of eliminating child labour and how the proposal may be applied.

  5. Press release

    New ILO study says economic benefits of eliminating child labour will vastly outweigh costs

    03 February 2004

    A new study by the International Labour Office (ILO) says the benefits of eliminating child labour will be nearly seven times greater than the costs, or an estimated US$ 5.1 trillion in the developing and transitional economies, where most child labourers are found.

  6. Press release

    ILO to launch new study on economic costs and benefits of eliminating child labour

    28 January 2004

    What is the projected cost of eliminating child labour worldwide? How will global society benefit - especially developing and transitional economies?


  1. Video


    13 February 2003

    An international conference in Washington this week (May 7-8) organized by the US Department of Labour will highlight the plight of child soldiers. More than 300 000 youngsters under 18 are fighting in conflicts all around the world. A report from the International Labour Organization, or ILO, looks at some of the roots of the problem and measures needed to help former combatants return to normal life.

  2. Press release

    FIFA and ILO team up on worldwide campaign to fight child labour

    13 February 2003

    ZURICH (ILO News) - The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have agreed to wave a "Red Card to Child Labour", uniting the world of sport and the world of work in an unprecedented global campaign.


  1. Video

    Real Madrid Campaign Against Child Labour

    16 December 2002

    Superstars of the soccer world teamed up with the International Labour Organization in a campaign to fight child labour. The Galacticos, as the top players are known, joined with the ILO and the football association, FIFA, to give child labour the red card, used to send a player off the pitch.

  2. Press release

    Real Madrid football club teams up with ILO to fight child labour

    13 December 2002

    MADRID (ILO News) - The Real Madrid football club and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are teaming up to raise a "Red card" to the child labour in its worst forms - a practice that traps one of every eight children - or some 180 million worldwide - in exploitative, often dangerous work.