News on child labour


  1. Press release

    ILO concludes 87 th Conference Adopts new instruments against child labour

    17 June 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Conference today wrapped up its 87 th session which heard addresses by three heads of state and a Nobel laureate, and reached a unanimous decision to adopt a Convention and Recommendation banning the worst forms of child labour.

  2. Press release

    ILO adopts Convention banning worst forms of child labour and starts a campaign for its ratification

    17 June 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - International Labour Organization (ILO) member States today took a decisive step towards liberating scores of millions of children from slavery and debt bondage, prostitution and pornography, dangerous work and forcible recruitment for armed conflict.

  3. Press release

    ILO to consider sweeping universal ban on worst forms of child labour

    25 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO), at its annual Conference here in June, is expected to adopt a new international Convention aimed at an immediate, universal ban on the worst forms of child labour that still afflict millions of children worldwide, and in some cases appear to be worsening.


  1. Press release

    Conference calls for abolition of child labour in Africa

    07 February 1998

    KAMPALA (ILO News) – Delegates from 22 African countries called today on African countries to commit themselves to the total abolition of child labour as prescribed in the ILO Minimum Age Convention (No. 138, 1973) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. They identified poverty "as the fundamental cause of child labour" and called for "increased international assistance to attack poverty."

  2. Press release

    ILO Director-General warns of "tragedy" of child labour in Africa

    05 February 1998

    KAMPALA (ILO News) – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr. Michel Hansenne today called upon African nations to take urgent action to reverse the growing trend toward child labour on the continent and to take immediate steps to eliminate child labour in its most intolerable forms.


  1. Press release

    At least 15 million children at work in Latin America The most intolerable forms of child labour targeted at the Cartagena Meeting

    07 May 1997