A Trade Union Take on the SDGs 2019

The much expected 2019 edition of A Trade Union Take on the SDGs has been released. The report includes the monitoring and evaluation done by 17 trade unions in 14 countries of their respective government’s plan on the national implementation of the SDGs.

This edition of A Trade Union Take on the SDGs includes the monitoring and evaluation of the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, Tanzania and Venezuela.

With the objective of contributing their skills and knowledge to the creation of a developmental model that is true to the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, trade unions have undertaken to build an independent worker’s perspective on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This work involves an in-depth monitoring process at national level, focusing on how well governments make use of transparency, consultation and social dialogue mechanisms to involve trade unions in the drafting and implementation of the national sustainable development plans. In order to provide a complete picture of the situation, the monitoring also looks at how the country is doing to reach specific key targets within the SDGs in the context of existing structural political and economic challenges.

Since they started in 2017, these trade union reports have been increasingly recognised and acknowledged as a reliable and independent assessment of how governments are doing in implementing the SDGs at national level.

This work of trade unions is strategic work for the European Commission. It is Important to have trade unions, with their connections at grassroots level, in the global conversation on the 2030 Agenda.

 Félix Fernández Shaw, Director, DG DEVCO, European Commission