Trade Unions at the High Level Political Forum on 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the annual event set up to follow-up and review the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was held in the United Nations headquarters in New York from the 11th to the 20th of July 2016. A trade union delegation was present and provided updates. Read TUDCN’s Matt Simonds’ account on HLPF2016.

Trade union delegation to the HLPF High-Level Segment: From left to right: Gustavo Suárez (CUT Colombia), Davids Etyang (EATUC), Jorge Robles (UNT Mexico), Antonia Wulff (Education International), Matt Simonds (TUDCN/TUAC), Alex Nkosi (ITUC Africa), Julius Cainglet (FFW Philippines), Joan Lanfranco (TUDCN), Jiheon Lee (FKTU South Korea), Thierry Dedieu (CFDT France), Giulia Massobrio (CSA-TUCA).

The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network put together 5 steps to realising the 2030 Agenda and “leaving no one behind”.

In the build up to the HLPF, the Workers and Trade Unions Major Group highlighted the need for a concerted effort to challenge the growing inequality within and between countries. It is no coincidence that the deepening of inequality has been accompanied by the erosion of labour market institutions. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that Social Dialogue is an effective tool to tackle the problem of inequality. By institutionalising this form of multi-stakeholder dialogue, social partners help to embed an inclusive approach to societal organisation based on discourse. This has far-reaching positive consequences, not only on generating decent work (Goal 8) but also impacts directly on reducing poverty (Goal 1), ensuring the well-being of people at work (Goal 3), enshrining gender equality (Goal 5), reducing inequalities (Goal 10) and building long-lasting peaceful and just societies with strong institutions (Goal 16). To find out more, have a look at the Workers and Trade Unions submission: The 2030 Agenda: how Social Dialogue combats inequality and ensures social cohesion.

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In the second week of the HLPF, countries presented reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals made in their respective national context. A total of 22 countries have volunteered to present their reviews in this first follow-up session: Sierra Leone, Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland Norway, Madagascar, Turkey, Georgia, Germany, Finland, Samoa, Montenegro, Uganda Togo, Estonia, France, Philippines, China, Egypt, Republic of Korea, Colombia, Venezuela.