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2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

Every child deserves a peaceful and secure childhood and the chance to go to school. This is still being denied to around 160 million children around the world who are engaged in child labour.

Child labour deprives children of their childhood. It interferes with their schooling and time meant for play, harming them mentally, physically, socially, and morally.



This page compiles some initiatives by the EU, and those together with partners, to protect children and recognize their rights and celebrate childhood.



During the lockdown, countries have strongly relied on IT systems for education and learning. Digital applications have ensured, to the extent possible,  continuity for children, teachers and alike parents when schools were closed. Digital technology provides many services and opportunities  and many organisations around the world are raising awareness on what they call the ‘digital divide’ that has left many children without the same educational opportunities due to lack of adequate equipment.

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Children and teenagers are raising their voices on issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future. Be it climate change, education, ending discrimination, on this World Children’s Day, it is more important than ever that the world listens to their ideas and demands. The new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child aims to better protect all children, fulfil their rights and place them at the centre of EU policy making. As the EU believes that children are active citizens and agents of change, this strategy was developed with children for children, in and outside the EU.

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To mark World Teachers Day, the Commission is launching a new online tool for teachers to reflect on how they use digital technologies in their teaching activities. Based on a series of questions, the tool, ‘SELFIEforTEACHERS' can help them assess their digital competences and identify where they need further training and support.

International Day to Protect Education from Attack

Around the world, attacks on children continue unabated, as warring parties flout one of the most basic rules of war: the protection of children. The protracted nature of conflicts today is affecting the futures of entire generations of children. Without access to education, a generation of children living in conflict will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families. International Day to Protect Education from Attack draws attention to the plight of more than 75 million 3-to-18-year-olds living in 35 crisis-affected countries and to their urgent need of educational support.

Climate and environmental hazards are having devastating impacts on the well-being and future of children. In many parts of the world, people are facing multiple climate-related impacts such as severe drought and flooding, air pollution and water scarcity, leaving their children vulnerable to malnutrition and disease. Almost every child on earth is exposed to at least one of these climate and environmental hazards. Without urgent action, this number will go up.

The climate crisis is a child rights crisis presents the Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), which uses data to generate new global evidence on how many children are currently exposed to climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses. A composite index, the CCRI brings together geographical data by analyzing 1.) exposure to climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses; and 2.) child vulnerability.

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The event is part of a "Week of Action” to mark the World Day against Child Labour during this special year, the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

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At least 1 million children aged 5-17 work in gold mines around the world, according to the International Labour Organisation.


НУР-СУЛТАН, 1 июня 2021 г. – Сегодня, в Международный день защиты детей, Посол Европейского Союза (ЕС) в Казахстане, Уполномоченный по правам человека в Республике Казахстан и Представитель Детского фонда ООН (ЮНИСЕФ) в Казахстане открыли дружественные ребенку комнаты для детей-мигрантов. Отремонтированные помещения обеспечивают заботу и поддержку детям в течение их временного пребывания в Центре поддержки детей в г. Нур-Султан, а также способствуют их контакту с установленными членами семьи.

‘Act, Inspire and Scale-up’ in Agriculture and Value Chains - About 71% child labourers are in agriculture, including fishing, forestry, and farming. Agriculture is the only sector where child labour has increased, having an additional 10 million child labourers between 2012 and 2016. FAO identifies household poverty and food insecurity as the main driver of child labour in agriculture.

The EU Delegation in Rome organised a ‘Virtual Symposium on Ending Child Labour by 2025’, bringing together its partners to discuss the most critical challenges to accelerate progress towards meeting the SDG Target 8.7, the most pressing problems and barriers that need to be addressed, the impact of Covid-19, the key ingredients of successful partnerships, as well as how to inspire and scale up action on the way ahead.


НУР-СУЛТАН, БИШКЕК, 21 апреля 2021 года – Сегодня представители правительств Республики Казахстан и Кыргызской Республики обсудили сотрудничество в области защиты детей в миграционных процессах в Центральной Азии, обменялись информацией и тематическими исследованиями во время онлайн-встречи, организованной Детским фондом ООН (ЮНИСЕФ) в рамках проекта, финансируемого ЕС. В дискуссии приняли участие представители Уполномоченного по правам человека Казахстана, Европейского Союза, Регионального представительства Агентства ООН по делам беженцев (УВКБ ООН) и ЮНИСЕФ.

As the beginning of the Syrian uprising is marking its very sad 10th anniversary, the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva hosted a virtual debate in the context of the ‘Brussels V Conference on Syria’ to discuss the situation of the most vulnerable group hit by the conflict – the children. The ten year-long conflict in Syria had a huge impact on children and their well-being. A whole generation of children has known nothing but war.

Child rights

The new comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee are major policy initiatives put forward by the European Commission to better protect all children, to help them fulfil their rights and to place them right at the centre of EU policy making. Both initiatives have been informed by extensive consultations with citizens, stakeholders and, most importantly, more than 10,000 children.

The European Union (EU), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency announced the launch of the new EU Global Promotion of Best Practices for Children in Migration programme to strengthen child protection systems and provide alternatives to immigration detention.

Every child deserves a peaceful and secure childhood and the chance to go to school. This is still being denied to around 152 million children around the world who are engaged in child labour. Half of these are suffering the worst forms of child labour. 2021 has been designated the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and it’s time to re-double collective efforts and consign child labour to history

Despite tremendous improvements made in the past century, there are still 152 million children engaged in child labour. Moreover, COVID-19 could possibly reverse years of progress as the world is seeing a rise in child labour for the first time in 20 years. Today the International Year Against the Elimination of Child Labour was launched through an online event, giving stage to a number of 2021 Action Pledges by the European Commission, Argentina, South Africa, FAO, UN Global Compact, IOE, ITUC, IOM and many more.

If one word could describe young Mariam Konan Rasheed, it would be resourceful. Stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33-year-old Jordanian came up with the most entertaining way to educate her younger peers: online educational videos.


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