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G20 Development Ministers Endorse Recommendations On 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development And COVID-19 Recovery


The Development Ministers of the G20 have
endorsed recommendations for ‘a global response to support
COVID-19 recovery in developing countries and foster
progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development’.

It was the first time that
the ministers had met to focus the two priorities of
financing sustainable development and localizing the
SDGs.

The final Communiqué
recognises the role of extensive COVID-19 immunisation as a
global public good and restates the need to ‘scale up
collaborative efforts to enhance timely, global and
equitable access to safe, effective and affordable COVID-19
tools.’

The Communiqué reiterates the ‘efforts’
of the G20 to aim at a strong recovery that is inclusive,
resilient and socially, economically and environmentally
sustainable. This includes financing measures that need to
be aligned with the SDGs.

The commitment ‘to promote
enhanced mobilization, alignment and impact on the SDGs, of
all sources of finance, including domestic resources and
ODA’ is welcome in this
respect.

Priorities

Despite the very little
engagement scope left during the overall process, trade
unions have managed to win prioritising gender equality,
young people and the role of social protection in the
context of national financial frameworks supporting the
implementation of the SDGs: ‘gender equality, youth
empowerment via quality education and decent jobs, and
social protection systems as key crosscutting and catalytic
areas to eradicate poverty, reduce vulnerabilities and
inequalities.’

Trade Unions also welcome the
explicit reference to the need to fostering the
complementarity of external support and domestic resources
in the financing of sustainable social protection systems,
mentioning the role of ‘national, regional and global
levels to strengthening and broadening the financing
mechanisms for comprehensive, resilient and sustainable
social protection systems, and related capacity
building.’

“Our call for backing global financial
instruments to implementing social protection systems in
countries most in need has been finally heard by G20
Development Ministers. Now they will need to deliver
concreate action,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General
Secretary.

Regrettably, in spite of repeated demands
from the L20, the Communiqué remains silent on the role of
social partners in setting up SDG-aligned financial
frameworks.

“Policies, strategies, and financing
frameworks must be developed with the full participation and
contribution of social partners to be sustainable. Both
development partners and developing countries should support
social dialogue” said Pierre Habbard, General Secretary of
TUAC.

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