ILO Conventions are international agreements related to a relevant topic, on which governments, workers and employers sign a common understanding. Once the Convention is approved by the International Labour Conference, countries are invited to ratify it through their national legislative mechanisms, while it´s possible to include specific provisions applicable to the particular circumstances of each country. The ILO oversees the implementation of the Convention and requires the responsibility of countries to observe them.

In recent decades, international labor standards relating to this subject and matters were adopted in order to endorse the concept of child labor, as well as to promote the protection of children and adolescents and the prevention and elimination of child labor.

Convention 138 – Minimum Age