The Principles are derived from the internationally recognized human rights of children, and do not create new international legal obligations. In relation to child labour, they reinforce standards outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols, as well as the International Labour Organization’s Conventions No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and No. 138 on the Minimum Age.

The Principles define child labour in line with these standards as work below the minimum age for children as per national law or international standards, and any work that is hazardous for children under 18 years regardless of minimum age for work.

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