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TUDCN General Meeting 2017

The General Meeting of the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) took place in Lomé, Togo on 19-21 April 2017. It brought together over 40 representatives of trade unions and solidarity support organisations from around the world. The annual event allows TUDCN members to take stock of progress and jointly lay out the priorities of the network for the coming year.
Policies and advocacy

New TUDCN/ILO issue paper: social dialogue as a driver and governance instrument for sustainable development

While countries that embrace a social model recognise the benefits of social dialogue, the relevance of this form of governance has yet to be fully appreciated within sustainable development discourses. As a step towards addressing this, this paper aims to provide an overview of the contribution of social dialogue to sustainable development and outlines the conditions required to maximise this contribution.
What does the 2030 Agenda mean for labour?

This editorial by Paola Simonetti, coordinator of the TUDCN, provides an overall assessment of where things stand on Agenda 2030 from a labour movement perspective. It includes references to national analysis from Sweden, Zimbabwe and Argentina.
TUDCN meeting on trade union partnerships - East Africa sub-regional meeting

TUDCN members took part in a meeting on trade union partnerships for development. This sub-regional meeting was co-organised by the TUDCN Secretariat, ITUC-Africa and the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC). Solidarity support organisations joined trade union representatives from Burundi, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The meeting took place on 3-4 April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

News from the TUDCN network

Quebec’s CISO partners up with local unions to target informal sector in Burkina Faso

By Amélie Nguyen - Coordinator at CISO - @CISO_Qc

This project aims to promote and acknowledge the demands of workers in the informal economy by arranging dialogue between the government and trade unions, helping these workers to get organised and providing training courses on decent work and technical courses related to their profession. The project also intends to break workers' isolation. The target group consists of 60% women, as well as young people in the informal economy.
Training in Jordan leads to collective bargaining agreement and new members
By Mohamed Hassan and Lene Froslev

The General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) and Denmark’s LO/FTF Council are working together on improving policies and legislation for Jordanian workers, e.g. on rights and working conditions. In the context of this work, a series of workshops was held between mid-2016 and the beginning of 2017 with the aim of building skills and awareness among trade unionists.

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The NTUC is building its advocacy capacity to promote decent work creation in Nepal

By Mahendra Pd. Yadav - NTUC General Secretary

The creation of decent work faces many obstacles in Nepal. Promisingly however, employment has increasingly been brought into the public discourse and early signs of change can be observed. The Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) is mobilising to help bring this positive change to full fruition. This article provides an analysis of the situation by the NTUC and presents its plans to raise awareness and advocate for decent work.

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TUCA documentary series: chronicles of workers fighting for their rights

A six part documentary series provides an insight into the reality of the struggle for workers’ rights in Honduras, Guatemala, Chili, Peru and Dominican Republic. Its objective is to document the various obstacles that workers face to exercising their freedom of association and right to collectively bargain within these national contexts.

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News from the development community

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development

The World Bank has released the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualisations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.
Newsletter of the CSO Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation – April 2017

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Made in China: Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society and Rights

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Upcoming events

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (Addis Ababa)
16-19 May 2017

Financing for Development Forum follow-up  (New York)
22-25 May 2017

European Development Days (Brussels)
7-8 June 2017

2030 Agenda High Level Political Forum (New York)
10-19 July 2017

See the TUDCN calendar

Useful links

Trade Union Development Cooperation Network
International Trade Union Confederation
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
International Labour Organisation
ILO's Bureau of Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Social Watch
Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, European Commission
European Parliament Committee on Development
Business and Human Rights
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