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Ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour: ILO Chief to world community
World Day against Child Labour was celebrated across the world with a focus on an 'urgent elimination of hazardous child labour' on June 12.

The coordination agency for the celebration, International Labour Organisation (ILO) stated that this year the spotlight was on ending hazardous child labour with a campaign against child labour and for safe and healthy work for youth of legal working age – 'Generation Safe & Healthy'.

"Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour," stated the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of the observance. The world community was urged for an urgent action to combat hazardous child labour and to accelerate progress towards ending all child labour by 2025!

According to the ILO, about 73 million children are in hazardous work – almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 still in child labour who toil in mines and fields, factories and homes, exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances, carrying heavy loads or working long hours. "Many suffer lifelong physical and psychological consequences. Their very lives can be at risk," added the ILO on its website.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the urgency of eliminating the worst forms of child labour, which includes hazardous work, the need to promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, and sets the target of ending all forms of child labour by 2025, it reminded.

"If we are to keep the solemn promises we have made to the world's children, we must, once and for all, 'turn off the tap' and stop children from entering child labour in the first place many of whom, especially in agriculture, commonly start when they are six, seven or eight years old," held out the ILO.

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