The Irish Congress of Trade Unions chosen as SDG Champion

The government of Ireland has chosen the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, along with 12 other Irish organisations, to become a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals and to drive them forward in the country.

First published on ICTU’s website

Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, has appointed 12 organisations, including the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), who are leading by example in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. ).

The 12 champions will raise public awareness among the Irish population of the SDGs SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. , and illustrate practical ways in which organisations and individuals can contribute to achieving the goals.

The ICTU is in charge of promoting four out of the global labour movement’s six priority SDGs SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. :

David Joyce, International Development Officer with the ICTU, said that the ICTU is looking forward to participating in the SDG Champions programme and demonstrating the important role that trade unions have to play in achieving the SDGs. He pointed out that "progress is far too slow on meeting SDG targets, for instance 70 per cent of the World’s population has no access to social protection, 300 million workers in emerging and developing countries earn less than 1.9 dollars a day; and 81 per cent of all countries in the world have violated the right to collective bargaining".

Minister Bruton said, "We need to take actions in a broad range of policy areas to put us on a more sustainable pathway. The Sustainable Development Goals draw those together in an integrated way. Achieving them will be a challenge. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in whatever way they can."

 

 


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Picture: ICTU SDG Champion leaflet