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Newsletter of the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network, Issue no. 22, February 2012

Focus: TU Development Effectiveness Profile
TU Development Effectiveness Profile – a practical tool for improving the quality of development cooperation

TUDEP is a learning tool meant to support trade unions worldwide in the application of the effectiveness principles in their everyday development cooperation practice. The work on TUDEP has been a direct follow up of the Trade Union Development Effectiveness Principles, developed by the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network in 2010.

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Policies

Key trade union messages on Social Protection Floors

Social Protection Floors approach is a powerful tool for poverty reduction and ensuring basic human rights. ITUC and ETUC formulated Key messages on Social Protection Floors to encourage the European Commission to support this instrument in their development cooperation policy and practice.

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Policies

Danish Presidency – what priorities for development policy?

Denmark has taken over the EU Presidency until the end of June this year. In spite of many other important priorities related to the European economic crisis, Danes still make ambitious plans in the field of development and declare efforts to “make development policy a more central part of EU foreign policy”.

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Policies

Millennium Development Goals and what comes after

MDGs took ten years to be formulated and agreed on by the world’s leaders. With less than three years to their expiration date, the debate on what should come after is rapidly speeding up. Ban Ki-Moon listed the post-2015 framework as one of his priorities and a reference to the post-MDG agenda has been made in the zero draft of the Rio+20 conference. Still, how will the development goals look like after 2015 remains unclear.

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Policies

UN Rio+20 Conference – is this the future we want?

Twenty years after one of the first and most important global conferences on environmental issues, world leaders will gather again in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss the environmental, economic and social challenges the planet faces today. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20” will take place on 20-22 June 2012. The preparations of the trade union delegation to the summit are gathering speed.

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Policies

EC communication on trade and development

In the end of January the European Commission released their overdue communication on trade and development, where a few significant changes to the EU trade policy towards developing countries are proposed. The European Parliament will discuss the Communication, after which the conclusions will be adopted by the EU Trade Ministers in March this year.

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News from the Network

Plan of TUDCN activities in 2012

In 2012 TUDCN plans a number of outreach and advocacy activities, meetings and seminars, researches and publications as well as other actions. The key priorities for 2012 are the post-Busan framework, EU instruments and policies on development and trade union development effectiveness indicators.

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News from the Network

TUDCN General Meeting – Florence, 12-14 December 2011

In the beautiful setting of the Centro Studi CISL, sitting on a hill near Florence, Trade Union Development Cooperation Network held their bi-annual General Meeting to discuss recent developments and plans for the future. Key elements of the agenda included debriefing of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and an overview of the other current development policy processes. The meeting was attended by over forty trade union representatives from all around the world.

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News from the Network

"Together we can do more". ISCOS’s prospects in international TU cooperation

An article on the ISCOS’s prospects in international trade union cooperation by the president of ISCOS-CISL, Renzo Bellini.

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News from the Network

SOTERMUN continues its work in Haiti

SOTERMUN, the USO’s development NGO, is continuing the project work in Haiti that it has been engaged in continuously both before and after the last earthquake. It is now two years since the disaster that plunged the country even deeper into poverty and triggered a cholera epidemic with very serious consequences.

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News from the Network

Trade union challenges in the informal economy. A call for global trade union cooperation

The CGSLB has made the informal economy the central focus of its cooperation programmes in Africa. There is increasing interest in the informal economy.  It is gradually moving up the national, regional and international agendas.  It has brought major socio-economic and trade union issues into focus, particularly in the developing countries where it concerns the majority of workers.  It shapes policies and decisions. Sometimes workers organisations are involved in this.  Sometimes these decisions are taken without any real consultation in the field and their impact is therefore limited. 

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News from the platforms

CSO Development Effectiveness toolkits launched

Just one month after concluding the landmark international development agreement with governments and donors in Busan, South Korea, civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide start work with two important resources to implement their people-centered approach to poverty eradication and advocate for more democratic space. The Implementation and Advocacy ‘Toolkits’ are now available to guide NGOs, grassroots organizations and other people’s groups to put the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness into practice in their local contexts.

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In this Issue


Focus

TU DEP tool

 

Policies

Social Protection Floors

Danish Presidency

What after MDGs

UN Rio+20 conference

Trade and development

 

News from the Network

TUDCN plan for 2012

TUDCN GM in Florence

ISCOS: TU cooperation

SOTERMUN: Haiti

CGSLB: Informal economy

 

News from the Network

CSO Development Effectiveness toolkits

 

Upcoming events


28-29 February 2012
OECD Global Forum on Development
Paris, France

 

8 March 2012
TUDCN WG on Trade Union Development Effectiveness
Brussels, Belgium

 

17-20 April 2012
TUCA Congress
Porto Allegre, Brazil

 

21-26 April 2012
UNCTAD XIII
Doha, Qatar

 

7-9 May 2012
TUDCN General Meeting
Helsingør, Denmark

Publications


Social protection: a question of social change - The vision and strategies of social movements
WSM, ACV-CSC and LCM-ANMC

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CSO Development Effectiveness Toolkits

Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness

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NGLS e-Roundup: HLF4 in Busan: Broadening the notion of development effectiveness?
UN NGLS

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Summaries of HLF4 Thematic Sessions and Building Blocks

OECD DAC

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Other newsletters


Union View (ITUC)

 

International Development Matters (TUC)

 

BetterAid Update

 

OpenForum newsletter

 

Solidar Round Up

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About us


The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation that brings together affiliated trade union organisations, solidarity support organisations, regional ITUC organisations and the Global Union Federations.
The objective of TUDCN is to bring the trade union perspective into the international development policy debates and to improve the coordination and effectiveness of trade union development cooperation activities.

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This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the ITUC and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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