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#timefor8 – The clock is ticking for a New Social Contract
The ITUC has launched the campaign #Timefor8 - The Clock is Ticking for a New Social Contract to raise global awareness on the central role that Sustainable Development Goal number 8 (SDG 8) plays in the 2030 Agenda and its links to trade unions’ global call for a New Social Contract”
Policies and advocacy
 Publication  Trade Union Organisational Capacity tool

The ITUC has produced a publication to provide guidance and a concrete overview of the steps to follow when applying the Trade Union Organisational Capacity tool, which is used to assess and monitor trade unions’ organisational capacity. This publication also includes recommendations on the best way to apply the framework of the tool.
 Publication  Trade unions’ national SDG implementation reports ready for the HLPF

Next July, 45 countries will present their Volunteer National Reviews on their progress on the SDGs to the United Nations. Out of them, 14 count with SDG-committed trade unions that have monitored how their governments have been involving trade unions in their national SDG implementation plans. The bad news is that there’s still room for improvement. The good news is that unions are ready to take up the challenge!
Trade Union-DAC Forum 2019

The 5th Trade Union–Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Forum discussed the themes of the role of private finance and social dialogue in achieving the SDGs. More specifically, the Forum dealt with such topics as Private Sector Finance, Climate Change & Transitioning beyond ODA.
Trade Unions bring workers’ voice to the 4th Follow-Up Forum on Financing for Development

Trade unions presented their position on how development should be financed to ECOSOC’s Follow-up on Forum on Financing for Development. The discussions took place amidst warnings from the OECD about the international community not doing enough to meet the financial needs to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

News from the TUDCN network

ITUC-TUDCN General Meeting

Trade unions dialogue with EU Commission vice-president Katainen on the SDG Political Declaration and discuss centrality of SDG 8 in the labour agenda and the 2030 Agenda.
ITUC-Africa promotes decent work at the UNECA SDG Forum

A ITUC-Africa delegation participated in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The delegation highlighted the challenges facing the world of work and bemoaned the rising of informalisation of the labour market.
TUCA participates in the Latin America and the Caribbean Forum on Sustainable Development 2019

The Trade Union Confederation of Workers of the Americas (TUCA) was part of the trade union delegation that participated in the Third Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development. The event was held in Santiago de Chile on 22-26 April, 2019. The forum has served, among other things, to promote a dialogue among the countries on different topics related to the 2030 Agenda.
Philippine worker’s and trade unions’ report on the SDGs 2019

Trade unions in the Philippines have taken the pulse of the government’s second National Volunteer Reviewing in three years. Although Philippines’ workers and unions are enjoying a level of participation in the government’s plans on the SDGs that is higher than in other countries of the region, the situation if still far from ideal.

News from the development community

Civil society must be a key partner in the process of building Europe
"The EU budget show an EU more concerned with the defense of its borders, than on how to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable society and less inequality," writes Santiago González (USO Union) with other members of the Spanish civil society

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Taking on gender-based violence at work in Indonesia
Like women around the world, Indonesian factory, farm and office workers frequently face sexual harassment, bullying, rape and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) on the job—yet many are unaware that anything can be done to address it. An article of Tula Connell (Solidarity Center).

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 Publication  Tightening Belts: Two Regional Case Studies on Corporate Social Responsibility (Pakistan and North Korea)
This report, brought by Mondiaal FNV, looks at how China and its Belt and Road Initiative impacts Corporate Social Responsibility in the region. “CSR can never be merely a matter of ticking the boxes. It needs awareness and knowledge of the region involved,” write the authors.

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Upcoming events

HLPF 2019 (New York)
09-18 July 2019

SDG Summit 2019 (New York)
24-25 July 2019

Useful links

Trade Union Development Cooperation Network
International Trade Union Confederation
African Trade Union Development Network
Cooperation Network of the Trade Union Confederation of Americas
International Trade Union Confederation - Asia Pacific
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
International Labour Organisation
ILO's Bureau of Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, European Commission
European Parliament Committee on Development
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