Trade unions’ intervention at Botswana Voluntary National Review

Forty-four Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) took place during the second week of the High Level Political Forum 2017. Naome Chakanya spoke on behalf of the Workers and Trade Unions Major Group following Botswana’s VNR. Ms. Chakanya’s intervention is available below.

Ms. Chakanya’s intervention begins at 14:30.

Thank you chair.

My name is Naome Chakanya from the Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council - SATUCC, speaking for the Workers and Trade Unions Major Group.
We thank the government of Botswana for their presentation and we would like to ask you the following:

1. It is a fact that it is only possible to achieve sustainable development with meaningful involvement of all rights holder groups, including marginalized social, economic and caste based groups, women, older and young people, workers and trade unions, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, LGBT+ people, migrants and refugees.

Given this background and the very well documented context of shrinking space, what steps have you taken to secure designated, accessible and well-resourced spaces for civil society and trade unions in the co-design, implementation and monitoring of national policies, including through people-led data collection?

2. We find that there is an inherent disconnect between the ambition in this agenda and the actions of governments at national level. For example, we see many countries have imposed austerity policies to curb fiscal problems, which has had an adverse impact on human rights, social welfare and decent work, and in essence contradicts the spirit of the 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. .

In this context, what concrete actions is Botswana taking to address the structural imbalances that have generated deep and persistent inequalities, and to reverse austerity?

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