The World Day against Child Labour is being observed across the world today, on June 12, 2019. The theme of the day this year is, ‘Children should not work in fields but on dreams’. The World Day against Child Labour was established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
- This year, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work. The day looks towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.
- Various discussions and debates will take place on the day, which will focus on major transformations being experienced in the world of work, whether the result of technology, environmental or demographic and what this means for the youngest in society.
- This year marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). The convention is close to getting universal ratification with only a few countries still to ratify it. Hence, World Day against Child Labour 2019 calls for full ratification and implementation of Convention No. 182 and of the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) .