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ITUC advocates New Social Contract at historic Finance Ministers UN-meeting
ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow addressed the meeting of Finance Ministers convened by the United Nations and Finance Ministers of Canada and Jamaica on "Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond".
Policies and advocacy
ITUC’s #timefor8 campaign galvanised trade unions into action at UN SDG high-level week

The latest edition of the #timefor8 campaign mobilised trade unions from across the world to express their support for a New Social Contract during the 2020 edition of the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which took place on 7-16 July.
 Publication  SDG Decade of Action - Trade Union Policy Responses

This flagship publication gathers the results of the ITUC’s SDG 8 Monitor on the central role this Goal plays in the 2030 Agenda and a New Social Contract. This monitoring is based on an in-depth analysis of data from over 150 countries. The publication also presents the trade union policy responses that world leaders must urgently undertake to address the unfolding Covid-19 crisis.
 Publication  A Trade Union Take on the SDGs – 2020 edition

This publication compiles the work on monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at national level undertaken by 26 labour organisations in 14 countries from around the world. This edition takes into account the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on workers and their families.

News from the TUDCN network

Trade unions’ response to Covid-19 in Asia and the Pacific

The region of Asia and the Pacific suffers from a severe decent work deficit and the arrival of Covid-19 has certainly worsened this situation. Learn about the many actions that ITUC AP and unions in the region have taken to address the situation.
Trade unions’ response to Covid-19 in Africa

Despite the severe consequences of the Covid-19, unions in Africa are trying to capitalise on the opportunities that the crisis is also bringing about, notably in terms of strengthening the intra-African cooperation and breaking the dependence on global supply chains. Find out more in these three special newsletters:
Trade unions' response to Covid-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

The Trade Union Confederation of Workers of the Americas works relentlessly on the many crisis that the region is fending against. The Covid-19 outbreak has exacerbated them and laid bare the fragile situation of workers in the continent.

News from the development community

Trade unions solidarity support organisations are fundamental for many unions to respond to the pandemic
Trade unions’ solidarity support organisations are working with unions from around the world since the beginning of the pandemic, providing labour organisations and their members the necessary accompaniment to stand against the Covid-19 crisis.

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UN organisations’ assessment of Covid-19
Through their analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 on the labour market, the economy, the environment and society in general, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) and the Regional Commissions of the United Nations contribute important information to the work of trade unions in the field of international cooperation and development.

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 Publication  Social dialogue in the 2030 Agenda
The Global Deal is a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes social dialogue and social partnerships. The full recognition and observance of labour rights and the rule of law are targets of the 2030 Agenda and preconditions for effective social dialogue. Simultaneously, social dialogue can contribute to achieving many SDG targets relating to people, planet and prosperity.

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Editor's pick

How Kerala managed to flatten the coronavirus curve
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Upcoming events

Webinar: Trade union responses to the SDG Decade of Action in Africa (online)
06 October 2020

Webinar: Trade union responses to the SDG Decade of Action in Asia-Pacific (online)
28 October 2020

OECD-DAC High-level Meeting (online)
09-10 November 2020

TU DAC Forum (online)
30 November 2020

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 (TUAC)
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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