Trade Unions at the ESCAP 2017 Forum on Sustainable Development

The AP Trade Union Development Cooperation Network was represented at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). Organised by UN ESCAP, the Forum was held in Bangkok between the 29th and 31st of March 2017. It is the first of the series of regional preparatory meetings by the UN regional commissions for this year’s High Level Policy Forum (HLPF).

The APFSD brings together governments and other stakeholders. It gathered regional perspectives on 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. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9 and 14 and 17, the same cluster of goals that will be discussed at the HLPF on sustainable development by the UN in July. The theme of the event is Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific.

The Trade Unions and Workers Major Group delivered a statement in plenary on the Means of Implementation at the APFSD 2017. The text of the statement is available here. A video of the statement being delivered by Julius Cainglet (FFW - Philippines), is available below:

An additional statement was delivered on behalf of the CSO Forum during a workshop on Infrastructure, Industrialisation and Innovation, available here.

In the build up to the institutional meeting, civil society organisations, including the trade union delegation among them, came together at the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development 2017. The theme of the CSO Forum was Asserting Development Justice in a Changing Asia-Pacific.

The trade union delegation comprised of Julius Cainglet (FFW – Philippines), Wawan Erfianto (KSPI – Indonesia), Sulistri Afrileston (KSBSI – Indonesia) and Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC – India).

Video of the Trade Unions and Workers Major Group statement on the Means of Implementation delivered in APFSD plenary:


More details on the APFSD and the CSO Forum are available here.