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SDG Forum: “the global economic model has failed working people and their families”
Sharan Burrow, ITUC Secretary General, brought the voice of over 200 million workers to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 September. Burrow participated in the first ever Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations have organised since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015.
Policies and advocacy
Unions to G20: “It is time to build and deliver the new Social Contract to realise the future of work we want!”

The Secretary General of ITUC-Asia Pacific, Shoya Yoshida, participated in the Labour 20 Summit and called for a New Social Contract in a message that directed to the Ministers of labour and employment of the G20.
The World Bank needs to understand poverty and what it actually costs a family to live on

“The World Bank claims poverty is decreasing around the world but UN research shows it depends on what you measure. If we are serious about reducing poverty, we need to start by properly identifying it,” writes ITUC Secretary General, Sharan Burrow.
HLPF 2019 - Putting SDG8 and the New Social Contract at the top of the development agenda

An ITUC delegation participated in the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on 9-18 July. During the event, the delegation stressed the central role SDG 8 plays in the 2030 Agenda and carried worker’s global call for a New Social Contract.
 Publication  A Trade Union Take on the SDGs 2019

This edition of A Trade Union Take on the SDGs includes the monitoring and evaluation of how well governments are engaging with trade unions to design and implement national SDG plans in 14 countries.
 Publication  Trade Union’s international cooperation to support the SDGs and the Development Effectiveness Agenda

Why are trade union programmes contributing to the 2030 Agenda? Because they are based on the SDGs and framed in the Development Effectiveness Principles. Through them, trade unions prove that they are central development actors at local, regional and global level.

News from the TUDCN network

International Cooperation for (sustainable) development and the unions in the 2030 Agenda

“Trade union organisations play a decisive role in the development of all countries. Unions’ strength, form of organising, independence and autonomy, as well as their capacity to articulate proposal, negotiate and mobilise, are factors that determine their relevance in configurating and articulating a model of social coexistence,” writes Félix Ovejero, International Cooperation for Development and the Americas officer with Comisiones Obreras.

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Trade Unions in Burundi put just transition for climate change high on the agenda!

Global South workers are getting prepared to adapt their way of living and working to the new conditions stemming from climate change. Belgium’s SSO MIS and CGSLB have worked together with Burundi’s COSYBU and CSB to start shaping this process.
 Publication  Working conditions of women working in the textile and garment sector in Ethiopia

FNV Mondiaal has identified opportunities and barriers to enhance the working conditions of women working in the garment and textile industry in Ethiopia in order to determine concrete policies and activities to move forward.
Achieving Social Protection through the Sustainable Development Goals: Unmasking the SDGs as trade union struggle!

African nations have already committed to achieving the goals of the SDG 2030 and the Africa Union Agenda 2063, however trade union involvement in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs is not up to speed.

News from the development community

 Publication  'Leave no one behind' index 2019
In this report, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has assessed and monitored the extent to which 159 countries are ready to meet their leave no one behind commitment as enshrined in the 2030 Agenda.

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SDG Summit Highlights
What are the outcomes of the UN SDG Summit? How will the world follow up on it? The SDG Knowledge Hub has gathered all the details in this article.

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 Publication  Financing the UN Development System: Time for hard choices
Who is funding the UN and on what are these funds spend? The authors of this report do not only give all the answers but also propose alternatives ways to spur greater and more diverse financing flows for the 2030 Agenda. .

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 Newsletter  Stop gender violence at the workplace
What are unions around the world doing to support the ratification of the ILO Violence and Harassment convention? Find out more about this important contribution of the world of labour to SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work & economic growth).  

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Useful links

Trade Union Development Cooperation Network
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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
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