Declared by the United Nations, 2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. The current campaign calls on UN member states and its various partners to unite their efforts in the fight against child labor.
The commitment to eliminate all forms of child labor by 2025 has been renewed. It again supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015.
This call for coordinated action around the world concerns countries, organizations and individuals alike. These concerted actions should include:
- Encouraging the integration and addressing of child labor issues in humanitarian action
- upholding the human rights of refugee and displaced children to protect them from child labor and trafficking
- Addressing the root causes of child labor, such as facilitating access to education, securing livelihoods, and promoting access to decent work for adults.
A practical guide outlining various actions to take as individuals and organizations is available.
In parallel, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is also continuing its awareness campaign under the theme “2021: Act now: End child labor”.