The ITUC-Asia Pacific and the ITUC-Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) organized the first regional meeting on development cooperation from 3-5 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives were: to consolidate the networking of our trade union advocacy objectives around development policies; to share the results achieved so far by the TUDCN, involving the organisations in the Asia Pacific region in the TUDCN work; and to jointly discuss and delineate future planning for the AP development network in the next couple of years. 33 participants, including 12 women, participated.
As an introduction to discussion on the challenge of development cooperation, the general socio-economic situation in the region was touched upon. The policies, priorities and programmes of the AP were discussed. Various development cooperation activities in the region were explained
TUDCN is an initiative of the ITUC in which the membership is voluntary, inclusive and based on the interest and commitment of the cooperating organisations. The network aims at bringing the trade union perspective into the international development policy debates and improves the coordination and effectiveness of trade union development cooperation activities. The activities of TUDCN and the results achieved were explained. The participants in groups discussed advocacy and partnership strategies in the AP region and drew a development network work plan in the region.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the main international trade union organisation, representing the interests of working people worldwide.