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Convention Campaign

For an End to Child Labour 

Child Labour Abolition Act

Right from the drafting of ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, the Global March has been in the forefront of generating the mass support to make it the most effective tool in inspiring the worldwide actions to end child labour and its worst forms. During 1998-1999, the Convention Campaign focused on raising the profile of child labour issues and influencing decision-makers to adopt a strong and useful convention. Since the adoption in 1999, we have lobbied governments worldwide to accelerate the ratification process and kept child labour high in the world's agenda.

As of 29 June 2012, 10 of the 185 ILO member countries have still NOT ratified this crucial convention. These countries are Cuba, Eritrea, India, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Palau, Somalia, South Sudan and Tuvalu. 

(Source: http://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=1000:11300:1597752600605359::NO:11300:P11300_INSTRUMENT_ID:312327)

The key ILO Conventions that relate to child labour and are the focus for the Global March are:

Convention 182 - The Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour

Convention 138 - Minimum Age Convention

Convention 189 - The Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers 

The Global March has now shifted it’s focus to include the implementation of Conventions 138 and 182 along with their ratification. In order to achieve our goal of elimination of child labour, we need to see that governments go beyond ratification and implement effective laws and programmes towards this end. We are currently working on an implementation report which will highlight the status of implementation of the conventions country wise.

Main Objective:

To accelerate actions by every nation in order to eliminate the worst forms of child labour through monitoring, facilitating, and lobbying for ratification and full implementation of ILO Convention 138 on the Minimum Age for Employment , ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and ILO Convention 189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers 


  • Ensuring the civil society participation in creating and implementing an effective international instrument in ending child labour
  • Motivating a number of governments to quickly ratify ILO Convention 182
  • Broadening a network of civil society organisations working to end child labour and its worst forms
  • Improving relations and communication among IGOs, civil society organisations, trade unions, and other stakeholders to have better collaborated efforts in ending child labour
  • Providing expertise in lobbying and advocacy strategies