child labour

Millions of young lives ‘at risk’ says UN labour chief, calling for an end to child labour

No child under the age of 18 should be toiling in mines, fields, factories and homes, carrying heavy loads or working long hours, the head of the UN labour agency said on Tuesday, marking World Day against Child Labour.

South African teen raises her voice on behalf of children…and the UN

A South African teenager was at the UN recently to raise her voice for children everywhere, particularly on the issues of education, child labour and gender inequality.

Lathitha Beyile from Soweto read a manifesto she had written which was inspired by children in her country.

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Guide seeks to prevent child labour in agriculture during conflicts, disasters

A new guide aimed at preventing child labour in the agriculture sector during times of conflict or disaster has been launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organizatio

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Focus is on conflict and disaster, for World Day Against Child Labour

A significant number of the nearly 170 million child workers globally are living in areas affected by disaster and conflict, according to the International Labour Organization (

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“Poverty and lack of education” increases slavery

Lack of education and poverty pushes people into forced labour and slavery according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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US$21 billion “dividend” to keep 10-year old girls in school

Developing countries around the world could reap a US$21 billion “dividend” if all 10-year old girls are able to finish secondary education.

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Programme promotes Better Work conditions in the garment industry

Approximately 60 million people in the developing world are employed in the garment industry, according to data from the International Labour Organization (

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Ahead of World Day, two UN agencies launch course to end child labour in agriculture

Ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour – to be observed this Sunday – two United Nations agencies today launched an e-learning course aimed at ensuring that child labour prevention measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, particularly those targeting poor smallholders.

Child workers in agriculture to benefit from new guidelines

With 100 million children worldwide engaged in agricultural work, a UN agency is aiming to ensure they are working under safe conditions and that they are still going to school.

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New UN guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture

A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world's agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children globally, the United Nations agency announced today.