Trade Unions will be attending the upcoming European Development Days

The European Development Days, taking place in Brussels on the 15th and 16th of June 2016, are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Coordinated by the TUDCN, the trade union participation will focus on three talks:

Production and consumption in the garment value chain, Day 1, 9:30-10:45, brainstorming room B2:
Co-organised by the TUDCN, DG DEVCO and FES Brussels, this brainstorming session focusses on how to ensure additional responsibility in the value chain. Julius Cainglet from the Federation of Free Workers in the Philippines will be joining in on the conversation as a panelist. If you too are worried about the conditions in which your clothes were manufactured join us to explore solutions.

Combating Forced Labour and Child Labour Through Supply Chain Interventions, Day 1, 17:45-19:00, debate room D3:
In the world today 168 million children are engaged in child labour, 85 million of them engaged in the worst forms of child labour or hazardous work. Jeroen Beirnaert from the ITUC is a pannelist on this debate which aims to identify the main structural challenges to face and the strategies and approaches that can be undertaken to free supply chains from child labour and forced labour. It is co-organised by the ILO Brussels and DG DEVCO

Universalising effective development cooperation: Advancing people-centred development and defining accountability in development cooperation, Day 2, 09:15-10:30, brainstorming room B2:
Joan Lanfranco, TUDCN Policy Officer, will be on the panel of specialists of this brainstorming session, part of the activities on ensuring accountability: a shared commitment. This session is organised by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness and aims to explore how development effectiveness principles should be reflected in country realities and should continue to enshrine multistakeholder and rights-based approaches to build accountability in partnerships, strengthening ways of moving forward to leave no-one behind, and to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals.