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World Against Child Labor Day


The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 in order to "focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it."  WDACL is held each year on June 12 with the goal of brining together "governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world" to shed light on the issue of child labor. 


The ILO estimates that  215 million children around the world are "trapped in child labour", and that for over half of them the work is hazardous.   The member states of the ILO recognize the ILO Convention Number 182, adopted in 1999, under which these countries agree to take action against "the worst forms of" child labor and have set the target for eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016.  To achieve this goal "requires a major scaling up of effort and commitment."