World Day Against Child Labor is observed globally on 12th June every year.
On this occasion, the International Labor Organization (ILO) organized an online discussion on “Let’s eliminate Child Labor”, in which Commissioner Sunjid Dugar of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, A.Ariunzaya, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, Traian Laurentiu Hristea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Mongolia, Dai Xiaochu, ILO Deputy Office Director for Mongolia and China, Kh.Ganbaatar, Executive Director of the Mongolian Employers' Federation, and Kh.Amgalanbaatar, President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions took part.
According to a joint study by the ILO and UNICEF in 2021, the number of children in child labour worldwide has risen to 160 million for the first time, which indicates one in 10 children is in child labour. The number of children aged 5 to 17 years in hazardous work has risen up to 79 million.
Although, the number of children involved in dangerous work were dropped by 4 times in the 2000s, the number of children aged 10-14 participating in economic activities has augmented in recent years in Mongolia. One in six children aged 5-17 is in child labour, including agricultural, construction and mining sectors, study found.
The participants in the discussion raised the issue of surge in number of children in child labour, worst forms of child labour and importance of eliminating all forms of child labor. During the discussion open letter calling on governments, businesses and the people to join the Alliance 8.7, the Global Partnership for eradicating forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour around the world, was presented.