Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour

June 12, 2023
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“The European Union has a longstanding commitment to eradicate child labour and safeguard the rights of the children. On this World Day against Child Labour, many children around the world continue to be subjected to forced labour, child labour, and other forms of exploitation. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are still 160 million children facing child labour, half of which are exploited in hazardous work.

No sustainable and equitable future is achievable until children around the world will continue to be exploited, denied their rights, and hindered from reaching their full development. We must intensify our efforts to end child labour and provide children with access to quality education, healthcare, and a decent life. 

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Durban call to Action and, as laid out in the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024, the European Union is determined to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and extinguish all forms of child labour by 2025.

The European Union’s Comprehensive Strategy on the Rights of the Child (2021-2024) made the call for the eradication of child labour a central feature of its global dimension and, together with the first-ever Youth Action Plan in External Action, proposed concrete follow-up actions.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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