Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Global March Against Child Labour 1998 Demand, ILO Con182, Universally Ratified

Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

Every ILO Member Country Commits to Ending the Worst Forms of Child Labour

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, August 4, 2020 / — On 04 August 2020, in a historic move, Tonga, an archipelago of more than 170 islands in the South Pacific, ratified the International Labour Organisation’s Convention (ILO) 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Tonga’s ratification makes Convention 182 the only universally ratified convention in ILO’s history.

Convention 182 is the result of steady and sustained international advocacy by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who founded the Global March Against Child Labour in 1998 that brought together more than 7 million people to call for this convention and the end to child labour. The physical march traversed more than 80,000 kms, covering Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe, uniting people across 103 countries with the slogan “Down down, Child Labour. We want education!” Mr. Satyarthi mobilised more than 2000 institutional partners who contributed to the success of the march.

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