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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will lead assembled labour delegates at the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) held from June 20-22 in Brazil. The conference will focus on two main themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The ITUC is calling for governments of the world to ensure decent work and social protection aimed at eliminating working poverty, reducing unemployment, growing green and decent jobs, and ensuring gender equity in the workplace.

At a meeting just days before the opening of the UN Conference, labour delegates adopted a new Resolution for the 2nd Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the Environment.

Speaking to the resolution, Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary, called on governments to make real progress this week:

Enough talk! Governments must make real commitments towards change. Humanity needs a radical change of direction in favour of sustainable development. The trade union movement will be present at Rio+20, along with other social movements, to make this change possible.”

Look for updates and analysis of the conference over the coming days.


Trade Union Assembly Resolution for Rio + 20 on Labour and the Environment