Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

Worst Forms Of Child Labour Convention

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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

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The Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, known in short as the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1999 as ILO Convention No 182. It is one of 8 ILO fundamental conventions.

By ratifying this Convention No. 182, a country commits itself to taking immediate action to prohibit and eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The Convention is enjoying the fastest pace of ratifications in the ILO's history since 1919.

The ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is responsible for assisting countries in this regard as well as monitoring compliance. One of the methods used by IPEC to assist countries in this regard are Time-bound Programmes.

The ILO also adopted the Worst Forms of Child Labour Recommendation No 190 in 1999. This recommendation contains, among others, recommendations on the types of hazards that should be considered for inclusion within a country-based definition of Worst Form Hazards faced by Children at Work.


As of May 2011, the convention had been ratified by 174 out of ILO 183 members. Members that did not ratify the convention are:
Furthermore, the convention has not been ratified for Aruba, CuraƧao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.<ref...
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