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Government Communications on 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour

12 May 2022

12 May  

The 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour

Media arrangements

South Africa will together with the International Labour Organisation host the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour from 15–20 May 2022 in Durban. The conference brings together stakeholders from the around the world to discuss, share good practices, advance policies and commit to the elimination of child labour.

The conference will build on four previous Global Conferences, held in Buenos Aires (2017), Brasilia (2013), The Hague (2010), and Oslo (1997), which raised awareness of the issue, mobilised resources and established a strategic direction for the global movement against child labour. The 5th instalment of this global conference is being hosted in Africa for the first time.

South Africa's hosting of the conference is consistent with SDG 8.7, which calls for the abolition of all forms of child labour by 2025 and the abolition of forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking by 2030. The Government of South Africa and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is hosting this important conference as solidarity to KwaZulu –Natal following the devastating floods that claimed more than 400 lives.

Media accreditation

Members of the media are informed that the registration of the media is now closed. No applications will be accepted at this stage. 

The following accreditation process will apply:

Dates and times

13 May 2022

09:00 – 18:00

14 May 2022

09:00 – 19:00

15 – 19 May 2022

09:00 – 16:30

20 May 2022

09:00 – 14:00


The main venue is at the Durban ICC and the Accreditation Centre will be in Hall 6, DEC.

The media will utilise AB Xuma Street:

The parking for the media will be at Centrum parking


The accreditation system is live which means media is required to personally present themselves in order to collect their photo accreditation.

Required documents for live accreditation:

  • A copy of a valid passport/ID
  • A press card or letter of assignment on a media house letterhead

Media facilities

Access to media facilities will be available only to accredited media representatives and press officers. Access is open to bona fide journalists, broadcasters, photographers, film and television camera crews and technicians.

Hall 1B is the official media working room within the ICC and two media rooms are available for interviews.

Media coverage of the conference

All daily sessions and side events will be open to the media.


Day 1: Sunday, 15 may 2022

Cultural event: giving a warm South African welcome to all

Time: 9h00 – 12h00

Opening session plenary:

Time:  12h30 – 14h30

Programme Director

Hon. TW Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour, South Africa

Peace Laureates

Moderator: Ms. Nozipho Tshabalala

Time: 15h30 - 16h30

HE President Cyril Ramaphosa will make the opening statement during this session

Day 2: Monday, 16 may 2022

The two High Level Panels will take place on Monday, 16th of May, for a duration of 1h30 min for each High-Level Panel.

High-level Panel 1

Plenary Hall


Setting global priorities

Eliminating Child Labour amidst decent work and youth employment deficits

Time: 12:30 – 14:00

High-Level Panel 2

Plenary hall


How to accelerate progress and achieve impact at scale

Time: 14:30 – 16:00

Voices of the world: United to end child labour


Commitments to eliminate child labour

Time:  16:00 – 16:30

Day 3: Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Thematic Panel 1

Plenary Hall

Theme: Education

Time: 12:30 – 14:15

Thematic Panel 2

Plenary hall

Theme:  Crisis/Climate Change

Time:  12:30 – 14:15

African Union session on Policy priorities to end child labour in Africa


Commitments to eliminate child labour

Time:  14:45 – 16:30

DAY 4 – 6

Proposed sessions are currently being confirmed. Content will be issued via GCIS Media Liasion once received.

Day 6 – Friday, 20 May 2022

The conference will be closed with a Closing Press Conference. A media advisory will be issued closer to the day.

Social media

The Hashtags that are being used for the Conference are:

  • #EndChildLabour    #HighFiveForKids    #RaiseYourHandForKids

We encourage media to use them on all their communication.

For more information on the Conference, please follow us on the following social media platforms:


  • @deptoflabour
  • @@ilo_pretoria
  • @ilo
  • @Alliance8_7
  • @GCISMedia


For more information about the conference, please visit the website: For more and the agenda can be found on

Media enquiries

Members of the media are also requested to send their broadcast plans and highlight their technical requirements for coverage. The technical requirements should be sent to Mr. Shadrack Mashalaba on Cell: +27 76 982 6821 or Email:

For conference enquiries contact:
Ms. Petunia Lessing
Department of Employment and Labour
Cell:    +27 66 301 4645

Media enquiries for accreditation
Ms. Mmemme Mogotsi
GCIS International Media Engagement
Cell: +27 72 856 4288

We look forward to welcoming you to the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour.

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