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World Day Against Child Labor to focus on SDG 8


This year, the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labor. 

This joint campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labor by 2025.

Achieving these goals for the benefit of the next generation of the global workforce requires a concerted and integrated approach to eliminating child labor and promoting a culture of prevention on occupational safety health (OSH).

All children have the right to be free from all forms of child labor and all workers have the right to safe and healthy workplaces. Globally, 541 million young workers (between the ages of 15 and 24) account for 15 per cent of the world’s labour force. They sustain up to 40 per cent more non-fatal occupational injuries than do adult workers (workers older than 24) and workplace hazards can even pose a threat to their lives. An estimated 152 million children (aged 5-17) around the world are in child labor, of whom 73 million perform work which is hazardous because of its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out. 

Many factors contribute to hazardous child labor and the high rate of work-related injury and ill health among children and young workers. What is certain is that much more can and must be done. The campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 8.8: “protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers” by 2030; and SDG Target 8.7: “take immediate and effective measures to … secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor and, by 2025, end child labour in all its forms”. Reaching these goals requires renewed commitment and integrated approaches to eliminating child labor and promoting a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health, particularly for young workers.  

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