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World Day against Child Labour

12 June, 2021

Children are classified as child labourers when they are either too young to work, or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development. In the least developed countries, slightly more than one in four children (ages 5 to 17) are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development. Africa (72 million child labourers) and the Asia and the Pacific regions (62 million) account for 9/10 children in child labour worldwide. The remaining child labour population is divided among the Americas (11 million), Europe and Central Asia (6 million), and the Arab States (1 million). Child labour is concentrated primarily in agriculture (71%; fishing, forestry, livestock herding, aquaculture), services (17%) and the industrial sector (12%, including mining). World Day against Child Labour is to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.


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