World Day Against Child Labor (12/06)

It is unacceptable for economic growth and development to lead to complacency or resignation to child labour, or to be based on an inadequate assessment of the lives of the most vulnerable. 9th ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

World Day Against Child Labor was established by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and is celebrated annually on June 12th. The idea to introduce a new date in the calendar arose after a conference on combating the worst forms of child labor and an international conference on child labor held in Amsterdam and Oslo in 1997.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) first celebrated World Day against Child Labor in 2002. Its purpose is to draw attention to this problem and the need for measures to eliminate it. Every year on June 12, governments, employers' and workers' organizations, civil society representatives, and millions of people around the world join forces to fight child labour.