Paris climate agreement taking shape after a week of heated debate in Bonn

26 October 2015 -- elise.buckle

While Mexico was being hit by the strongest hurricane in history, negotiators finally managed to put the draft climate agreement back on track after a week of heated debate at the UNFCCC session in Bonn.

 

The draft agreement which was published on Friday October 26th late at night will be the basis for negotiation at the COP21 in Paris. It is being complemented by the workstream document on action before 2020.

 

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UNFCCC talks in Bonn: the climate deal needs to be done with workers not without them

23 October 2015 -- elise.buckle

Bonn, 23 October 2015 – the last week of negotiations before COP21 in Paris has seen a heated debate between rich and poor countries and the weakening of the text for workers.

The language on “a just transition for workers and decent jobs” which was part of the second operational paragraph of the draft Paris agreement may now only figure in the preambule.

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End violence in the world of work: Ratify ILO Convention 190 now!

24 November 2021 -- leonie.guguen

UNI affiliates campaign to ratify International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190

As we mark 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and the start of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, UNI Global Union is standing with affiliates around the world who are doubling efforts to Ratify ILO Convention 190 and Recommendation 206.

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WADA Governance Review: a missed opportunity for urgently needed reform

24 November 2021 -- leonie.guguen

Statement from the World Players Association:

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meets in Paris today and tomorrow and appears certain to once again avoid urgently needed governance reforms to address the escalating crisis facing the global anti-doping effort.

A long-awaited governance review is set to recommend the retention of WADA’s conflicted governance structure, continues to marginalise the voice of athletes, and fails to even consider the human rights of athletes and the reformation of the heavily criticised Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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World Players: IOC's call with Peng Shuai exacerbates alarm, special delegation needed

23 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

In the wake of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, the World Players Association has released the following statement:

The World Players Association repeats its call for the urgent establishment of a special delegation of international organizations and human rights experts to meet with Peng Shuai in order to ensure and obtain the necessary guarantees for her rights, health and safety.

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Unions demand action to end customer violence in stores

19 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

UNI Global Union affiliates from around the world united for a global action day on 17 November to demand that governments and retailers take action to end violence and harassment in commerce.

Since the pandemic, there has been an explosion of third-party violence by customers towards workers across the retail sector, from supermarkets to fashion stores.

More than 100 union representatives from 30 countries took part in a global webinar, organized by UNI’s commerce sector, to tackle the issue.

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Let's bounce - UNI Africa Youth conference sets the tone for vibrant regional conference

19 November 2021 -- uni-women

This week, young delegates from all over Africa came together during the UNI Africa Youth Conference online. The conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious action plan which seeks to put youth at the heart of economic and trade union growth in the African region. 

Inspired by the slogan “Let’s Bounce,” activists discussed ways to increase youth representation in their trade unions, enhance skills and training, and to lead the fight against precarious work and insecure jobs. 

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