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In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2017


Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The World Day Against Child Labour this year will focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour. As the world strives to achieve the elimination of child labour by 2025, on this World Day Against Child Labour, let’s join forces to end child labour in areas affected by conflict and disaster!

World Day 2017 Geneva Event highlights

  1. Slideshow

    Highlights of the event at Michelangelo Pistoletto's "Rebirth" sculpture

    The event took place during the 106th Session of the ILC and was held at Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Rebirth” sculpture in Parc l’Ariana at the Palais des Nations.

  2. Poem

    Listen to "Head Over Heels" by Emtithal Mahmoud

    Listen to the poem recited by award-winning poet Emtithal Mahmoud.

  3. Statement

    Read the testimony of Abbas A. Assi from Lebanon

    Mr Abbas Ahmad Assi, Student, volunteer (NGO Beyond) and advocate (National Podium Against Child Labour) from Lebanon.

  4. Performance

    Geneva students support the World Day Against Child Labour

    Students from two schools in Geneva, the International School of Geneva, Campus des Nations, and Collège du Léman, showed their support for the cause on this year’s World Day Against Child Labour.

  5. Facebook live Interview

    How do conflict and disaster affect child labour?

    Ms. Beate Andrees, Chief of the ILO Fundamentals Principles and Rights at Work Branch, Ms. Ruba Jaradat, Director of ILO Regional Office for Arab States, and Abbas Ahmad Assi, student, volunteer and advocate from Lebanon.

  6. Video

    In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

    Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives. They push millions of children into child labour or into the hands of traffickers. Working together, we can accelerate action to end child labour in areas affected by conflicts and disasters.

World Day 2017 Activities around the world

To mark World Day 2017 events are taking place around the world. Events range from high level policy debates to awareness-raising campaigns, cultural performances and other public activities.

Check the activities taking place in your region and country: AfricaArab States, Asia, Europe and Central Asia and Latin America.