Real advances have been made in the fight against child labour. Since the ILO started measuring child labour in 2000, the number of children in hazardous work has fallen by more than half. However, progress has slowed significantly in recent years largely due to declining safety and security.

There is a strong correlation between child labour and situations of conflict and disaster. The sub-Saharan African region, which has been among those most affected by conflict and disaster, has the highest number of children in child labour (72.1 million). The incidence of child labour in countries affected by armed conflict is 77% higher than the global average, while the incidence of hazardous work is 50% higher in countries affected by armed conflict than in the world as a whole.

Our Prosperity Index shows that safety and security have seen a worldwide decline over the last decade. Addressing the causes of instability is essential is we are to tackle child labour and to ensure every child, no matter where they are born, has the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Tuesday, 12 June is World Day Against Child Labour aimed at focusing attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.