European Union External Action

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

Brussels, 11/06/2021 - 12:14, UNIQUE ID: 210611_9
Statements by the HR/VP

In 2021, we mark the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Despite the progress made globally over the years, in 2020, there were still 160 million children in child labour, with 79 million children trapped in hazardous work. This is a heavy blow, as for the first time in the past 20 years, we see an increase in the number of children in child labour. Millions of children further risk falling victim to child labour due to the coronavirus pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.