HLPF 2019 - ITUC Side event #SDG8 at the heart of the 2030 Agenda

In the frame of the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals the ITUC will organise a side event titled "#SDG8 at the heart of Agenda 2030: how to make it happen". This event is part of the ITUC campaign "#Timefor8 - The clock is ticking for a New Social Contract".

On 12 July 2019, the ITUC will organise an HLPF side event titled "#SDG8 at the heart of Agenda 2030: how to make it happen". The event will take place from 6h30 to 8h00 PM in the UN Conference Building, Room F.

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Why should I attend?

Are you interested in how the world of labour interacts with the Agenda 2030 and the role trade unions have as active actors of sustainable development? Do you want to learn more about the paramount role that the SDG 8 has for a successful implementation of all the other SDGs?

Then this event is for you! You will:

  • Learn everything about the upcoming index to measure the implementation of SDG 8 in the world and its relevant spillovers, according to empirical evidence.
  • Exchange with different key actors on the centrality of SDG 8 to meet the 2030 Agenda and to identify policy drivers and recommendations that can help governments in implementing SDG 8


Background to the discussion

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day Putting the creation of decent jobs at the heart of policy-making and develop­ment plans would not only generate work opportuni­ties but also will fight poverty and inequalities.

Through the 2030 Agenda, the international communi­ty recognized the need to rethink the current so­cio-economic-environmental models. Moreover the Agenda requires an integrated involvement of bo;h de­veloped and developing countries in order to identify a new approach reflecting the increasing interdepend­ence in terms of targets, policies and outcomes.

The SDG8 highlights the ambition to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for a IL lnteg rating sever­al topics among those related to growth, employment, productivity as well as socia I dimension, SDG8 is per se a multidimensional goal, which plays a pivotal role within the general framework of the 2030 Agenda Given the centrality of SDG8, reaching its targets is functional to guarantee a full and holistic accomplish­ment of the 2030 ambitions.

Monitoring and measuring SDGs is crucial to guaran­tee accountability of policy makers vis-a-vis stakehold­ers. Trade unions are heavily involved in the SDG pro­cess at global, regional and national level .


  • Mr Enrico Giovannini, Dept. of Economics and Finance,Tor Vergata University of Rome and spokesperson of the Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS)
  • Ms Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr Oliver Chinganya Chinganya, Director African Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ms María Ortíz, Programme Officer - Office of the Exec. Secretary UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Mr Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations and Director, ILO
  • Mr Mamadou Diall Diallo, ITUC Deputy General Secretary



This event is part of the ITUC campaign #Timefor8 - The clock is ticking for a New Social Contract. #Timefor8 promotes the central role that SDG 8 plays in the 2030 Agenda and its links to trade unions’ global call for a New Social Contract.

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