child labour

Venezuela: UN report highlights criminal control of mining area, and wider justice concerns

The Human Rights Council on Wednesday heard reports of serious exploitation and abuse of children and indigenous communities in Venezuela, where mining for gold and other minerals is booming.

News in Brief 12 June 2020

  • UNICEF: funding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in Yemen
  • Child labour gains since 2000 ‘could be wiped out by COVID’, UN warns
  • UNAIDS chief adds voice to call for COVID-19 vaccine to be a ‘global public good’
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20 years of gains in combating child labour at risk from COVID-19, warns ILO

If you had to guess at how many children are involved in forced labour round the world, does 152 million sound about right? And what if we told you that this is actually an improvement on the number of youngsters working illegally 20 years ago?

Today, these gains are at risk, as the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis affects millions of families already on the poverty line, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned.

For many, it is increasingly difficult not to consider sending their youngsters out to work, as ILO’s Michaelle De Kock tells UN News’ Daniel Johnson, marking the World Day Against Child Labour.


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Child labour gains since 2000 ‘could be wiped out by COVID’, UN warns

Huge gains made towards ending child labour over the last 20 years, risk being reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Friday, in an appeal for governments to continue investing in measures that have helped reduce the number of youngsters working, by 94 million, since 2000.

News in Brief 11 June 2020

  • Alarm over reported ‘pushbacks’ from Greece at EU border with Turkey
  • 108 million children forced to work in agriculture and rising, warns UN agency
  • Iconic Lake Geneva fountain returns to live-streaming after COVID-19 stoppage
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Record child displacement figures due to conflict and violence in 2019: UNICEF

A new UN report finds that some 19 million children were displaced within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019, more than in any other year, making them among the most vulnerable to the global spread of COVID-19. 

News in Brief 27 August 2019

  • Child labour case highlights ‘widespread’ abuse in Nepal: rights experts
  • DR Congo’s Goma passes key 21-day period without Ebola transmission: WHO
  • We must bring era of nuclear tests to an end, urges Guterres
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More funding needed to tackle child labour in agriculture says UN, marking World Day

The number of children working in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012, which is why on Wednesday’s World Day Against Child Labour, the UN agency for the sector is urging countries to allocate more funding to address a global surge in subsistence farming at every level. 

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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