2021 has been designated as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour by United Nations member States. In the last 20 years, great strides have been made in the elimination of child labour. Almost 100 million children have been removed from child labour over the last two decades, bringing numbers down from 246 million in 2000 to 152 million in 2016.
However, this scenario is being aggravated by the unprecedented consequences of the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many children and their families, the fast-evolving situation means disrupted education, family illness and potential loss of household income.
Among the uncertainty of the pandemic, one thing is for certain. If we are to achieve SDG Target 8.7, we urgently need to accelerate the pace of progress to eliminate child labour by 2025 and forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery by 2030.
In response to these urgent concerns, Alliance 8.7 will launch a global call for action in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please check out the timeline below and consider what action you can take in 2021 to help end child labour.
Launch of global call to action.
Global kick off event for the International Year.
World Day Against Child Labour.
United Nations General Assembly and release of the next set of Global Estimates.
The V Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour will be hosted by South Africa