#Timefor8: the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract      Issue 8 / 2023 -  Sign Up 

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The HLPF has ended! 

During the second and final week of the Forum, Fathimath Zimna, General Secretary of the Maldives Trade Union Congress, and Diego López González, ITUC International Development and Cooperation Coordinator, successfully acted as ITUC delegates at the Forum.

Like their colleagues Jordi Musano (CESTRAR, Rwanda), Olivier Ouedraogo (CSB, Burkina Faso), and Paola Simonetti (ITUC) did last week, Fathimath and Diego brought forward workers’ priorities in many important events.

Diego López participated in the 4th Global Climate & SDG Synergy Conference on Sunday, 16 July. He reminded the audience that “the term of ‘just transition’ has been coined by trade unions” and that just transition must be about “giving workers a voice”.
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On Monday 17 July, Fathimath Zimna outlined trade unions’ proposals to ensure quality public education that nurtures the development of students and teachers alike during a special HLPF side-event organised on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day.
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Later on that same day, our delegates attended the reception organised by the ILO New York office. Among others, sister Zimna had the opportunity to exchange with the new director of the ILO New York office,  Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, and the prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley.

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Mia Motley, and Fathimath Zimna

Picture: Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Shantal Munro-Knight (Minister in the office of Mia Motley), and Fathimath Zimna.

On Tuesday 18 July, Fathimath Zimna was a main discussant at the special event on just transition and climate change, organised by the ILO and UNEP. Her speech offered a first-hand testimony of the struggles of workers living in climate-affected countries, and she called for social dialogue on just transition and adequate international financial support to save climate-impacted island nations.
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On the last day of the HLPF, Wednesday 19 July, the government of the Maldives presented its Voluntary National Review. Fathimath Zimna took the floor to provide a trade union-independent response based on the outcomes of the research that MTUC conducted earlier this year with the support of the ITUC on the state of SDG implementation in the country.
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On the same day, Diego López attended the first voluntary review of the European Union, where he seized the opportunity to call on the EU to increase the support for social dialogue and the labour dimension of the SDGs. Diego’s intervention was framed on the outcomes of the joint ITUC-ETUC report: Halfway to 2030: A Trade Union Take on the EU and the SDGs.
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During the course of the two weeks of the HLPF, all delegates have done an outstanding job as they advocated for a New Social Contract, and demonstrated that trade unions are actors of development in their own right

Congratulations and thank you very much! 👏

➡️Read the article covering all the activities of our delegation at the HLPF 2023



The ITUC is already preparing for the next big SDG moment.

It will be the upcoming SDG Summit on 18-19 September 2023.

The UN says that the Summit will “mark the beginning of a new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals with high-level political guidance on transformative and accelerated actions leading up to 2030.”

We will be following it and reminding all delegates that the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract!

The Clock is Ticking for a New Social Contract

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