During the week of 15 to 20 May 2022, the Government of South Africa hosted the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour.
It came at a critical time. Despite progress in many regions, 160 million children are still in child labour. Numbers are rising, and the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse years of progress.
Representatives from governments, trade unions, the private sector, civil society, regional and international organizations, think tanks, academia, and youth and children from all over the world hosted plenaries, presentations, and side events.
There were unprecedented opportunities to listen, share, and push for accelerated action.
Why a Global Conference?
The programme included forums, panel discussions, and brainstorming sessions around accelerating action.
Prominent speakers, representatives, and participants discussed critical issues and shared solutions that work.
More than 4,000 representatives from around the world united to strengthen their plans to end child labour.