Asia-Pacific Economic Coopration (APEC) Economic Leader’s Meeting 2007 (Sidney) - ITUC/APLN Statement

"The way to a stronger community, a more sustainable future"

The leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
forum will meet for the 15th APEC Leaders’ Summit in Sydney,
Australia from 8-9 September 2007 under the theme of
‘Strengthening our Community, Building a Sustainable Future’.
Achieving sustainable development, economic growth and higher
living standards requires respect for workers’ rights accompanied by
high levels of investment in training, retraining and education
policies. APEC Leaders must recognise that APEC needs to change
its imbalanced, business-oriented approach to globalisation and give
the highest policy priority to achieving social justice through the
creation of decent work for all, based on the full respect of
fundamental workers’ rights. If APEC fails to do so, which would
mean that the socio-economic disparities within the region will
continue to grow, its leaders will not strengthen the community nor
build a more sustainable future for APEC countries. Indeed, they
will do rather the opposite: weaken the community and undermine
the sustainability of the region’s future prospects.

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Statement of the IITUC/APLN to the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting