child labour

FROM THE FIELD: The Myanmar child workers risking their lives for stones

Thirteen-year-old Min Min scavenges day and night for precious stones in a quarry in Hpakant, northern Myanmar, where perilous conditions have led to the deaths of many workers. With more than a million children working in the country, the UN is fighting to end child labour worldwide.

Child labour ‘robs children of their future’, scourge must end urges UN

Although child labour has decreased significantly over the last decade, one-in-ten children are still caught up in harmful work, the UN’s labour agency said on Friday, kicking off a year-long bid to eradicate the practice.  

News in Brief 15 January 2021

  • Indonesia quake: eight confirmed dead, hundreds injured in Sulawesi emergency 
  • Child labour scourge still affects one in 10 children, warns UN labour agency 
  • CAR displacement reaches 120,000 after election violence: UNHCR 
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Mali: COVID-19 and conflict lead to rise in child trafficking

Child trafficking is rising in Mali, along with forced labour and forced recruitment by armed groups, due to conflict, insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

Convention on worst forms of child labour receives universal ratification

All 187 countries that are members of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) have now ratified a convention to protect children from the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, prostitution and trafficking.

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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