High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017

Trade Unions were at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017, the annual follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. ). Daily update of trade union participation are made available.

Read the trade union assessment of the High Level Political Forum 2017 here.

Trade union highlights:

The trade union advocacy paper to the HLPF 2017 is entitled Fighting poverty and promoting gender equality. It emphasises the comprehensive approach of the Decent Work Agenda as a framework for the implementation of the SDGs. It highlights that successfully ensuring the components of the Decent Work Agenda is central to the achievement of SDG 1 (ending poverty), SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 5 (achieving gender equality) and SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure).

The position paper elaborates on the role of minimum living wages in tackling in-work poverty and boosting the economy. It also emphasises the role of social protection systems in combatting poverty and promoting inclusive growth. On gender equality, it details how labour market and social policies can help close the gender pay gap and highlights how investing in the care economy can remove barriers to women’s employment. On health, it highlights the importance of occupational health and safety standards to ensuring well-being in and out of the workplace.


The HLPF is also the platform for the Voluntary National Reveiws (VNRs) within which countries present their progress on the 2030 Agenda. This year a total of 44 countries will be presenting their VNRs. Members of the TUDCN are conducting their own national monitoring and analysis to ensure that countries are on track to fulfill their commitments. These are summarised in the national trade union focus on the SDGs:









Find out more about trade unions’ work on the SDGs here.