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Thank you, Chair.
I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*align themselves with this Statement.
First of all, we would like to thank the Office for the preparation of the document that contains an overview of the measures taken within the UN system focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and outline ILO role and actions for its 2030 implementation plan.
The EU and its Member States support the 2030 Agenda that is universally applicable and reinforces the international community’s commitment to decent work and sustainable development.
The key role of decent work for all in achieving sustainable development is highlighted by Sustainable Development Goal 8 which aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. Furthermore, crucial aspects of decent work are broadly rooted in the targets of many of the other 16 goals.
Being committed to sustainable and inclusive development based on Human rights, we have always supported the discussion on the topic of decent work for all members of the international community. The EU main policy reflecting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is the Europe 2020 strategy that addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. Initiatives on the European and national level are on-going to implement the 2030 Agenda.
We consider the resolution on Advancing Social Justice through Decent Work and the End to Poverty Centenary Initiative as a good framework to guide the Office in the implementation of the agenda 2030.
Because of the importance of Decent Work in the 2030 Agenda, we believe that the ILO has to play an active role, including through supporting national strategies for sustainable development and decent work for all.
In this respect we support the GB´s request to the DG to strengthen the ILO's capacity to support constituents and contribute to the UN-wide sustainable indicators framework.
Through the systematic implementation of the Agenda, and by bringing together all national and international stakeholders, the Organization will be able to bring about inclusive and sustainable development, promoting decent work and reducing socio-economic inequalities.
Finally we support the GB request to the DG to make use of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 March GB sessions as a platform for tripartite discussion of the ILO contribution to the UN High Level Political Forum annual review, on the basis of the theme and Sustainable Development Goals selected for each review, and we support the decision point as amended by IMEC. We look forward to the report to the March 2017 GB session on the outcome of the UN discussions on a new Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and other 2030 Agenda implementation activities.
Thank you, Chair.
*The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.