Convention to end worst child labour ratified quickest

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

International Labour Organization
Guy Ryder, director-general at the ILO, says the ILO estimates there are 152 million children in child labour with 73 million of whom are in hazardous work. PHOTO: ImageCollab

For the first time in the history an international labour convention on the worst forms of child labour has been ratified by all 187 member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 4 August. Universal ratification of the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour 1999 No. 182 was achieved after the Kingdom of Tonga, the final country to do so, ratified the convention which is the most rapidly ratified convention in the 101 year history of the organisation.

Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuivakano, ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, formally deposited the ratification instruments with Guy Ryder, director-general of ILO, for the convention which calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour including slavery, forced labour and trafficking. The convention, adopted by the ILO member states meeting in Geneva in 1999, a