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An estimated 215 million children around the world are required to work – often in highly exploitative or hazardous conditions. A boy burns garbage to extract scrap metal to sell in Bangladesh. Photo: ©UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

10 June 2013 - Children at a quarry, Bombali District, Sierra Leone. -- Globally, an estimated 215 million children are involved in labour. A violation of children’s basic rights, labour that is detrimental to health or that otherwise impedes development must cease. Children who work rather than go to school are also more prone to a lifetime of poverty. The World Day against Child Labour is held annually on 12 June. ©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

CAN YOU SEE ME? Nawab (age 12) and his friend Jabar make glue by boiling scraps of leather that they scavenged from debris, in Dhaka District of Bangladesh. The work – which exposes them to a myriad of toxic chemicals – earns each boy about 60 taka (approximately US 0.88) for each 13-hour shift. They are among nearly 215 million children involved in labour worldwide, of whom nearly 115 million work in hazardous conditions. © UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani - To see more:

June 12 - World Day Against Child Labour. There are 215 million in the world, children are forced to work to survive, often in the worst forms of exploitation.

27 February 2013 - Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the world’s most endorsed human rights treaty – recognizes children’s right to education. Key to eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality and improving social stability, education must reach every child – including those in the remotest places. Pictured: Children attend class in an isolated area of Turkana District of Kenya. ©UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani To see more:

23 October 2012 - A boy sleeps at a ferry terminal in Dhaka. Urban life in Bangladesh is rife with stark inequalities, especially for children living on the streets. Existing on the margins of society, these children are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation and often forced to work, thereby precluding their possibility of going to school. UNICEF supports programmes to better protect and educate children. ©UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Niger, 2007: Newborn twins are examined at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Maradi Region. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) celebrated its 20th anniversary on 20 November 2009. The CRC is the most endorsed human rights treaty in the world, expressing in international law the rights due every child. Article 6 recognizes that “every child has the inherent right to life… survival and development…” - © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi - For more information:

9 October 2012 - The International Day of the Girl Child – now celebrated annually on 11 October – promotes girls’ empowerment and draws attention to the challenges they face. The 2012 inaugural Day focuses on child marriage. --- (Second from right) Munni, 18, in Rajasthan State in India, was arranged to be married at 17 but persuaded her father to postpone her wedding until she was of legal age. ©UNICEF/Anita Khemka

Can you believe it?..Nearly 21,000 children under five died every day in 2010. The good news is…that’s about 12,000 fewer a day than in 1990. We CAN put an end to preventable child deaths. Learn more: © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0599/Shehzad Noorani

VIDEO REPORT: Under-5 child mortality on significant decline --- A new report released today by UNICEF estimates that the number of children under the age of five dying globally fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Read more: