South-South and Triangular Co-operation (SSTC) can be a vital driver of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trade unions are strongly engaged in SSTC via programmes that cover a range of key areas to achieve the SDGs.

This brief showcases a sample of trade union SSTC programmes in those areas, illustrating direct contributions to the SDGs and highlighting the link to the Development Effectiveness Principles.

Trade unions recommend SSTC actors to:

  • Prioritise the Decent Work Agenda and Climate Justice related SDGs - such as 1, 5, 8, 10, 13 and 16 - in all projects and programmes; 
  • Involve trade unions and social partners in policy dialogues when defining priorities and implementation strategies, as well as when monitoring and evaluating results.
  • Support social partners’ capacity building in implementing the SDGs.