Juan Ayala Rivero highlights the important gains for workers and the public and municipal trade union movement obtained by the SUTCGDMX in the final text of Mexico City’s First Constitution.
In October 2016, over 30,000 representatives of national, regional and local governments, trade unions, business, academia, and civil society gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for the Habitat III Conference (HIII), where state representatives adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the UN guidelines meant to serve as a reference for urbanization policies for the next 20 years. The NUA comes at the end of a long trail of global commitments and agreements: the Decent Work Agenda of the International Labour Organization (ILO); the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Financing for Development; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21). While the NUA is the least well known of these agreements, it is the one that most closely relates to the concrete operationalization of global commitments, which all require local implementation on the ground.
PSI organized a regional meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 11-12 May, on the Human Right to Health with the invaluable support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the National Committee of Health and Social Protection Workers Union of Tajikistan and the Independent Federation of Trade Unions of Tajikistan.