Achieving the SDGs through Decent Work

Achieving the SDGs through Decent Work

Report on a five-day ITCILO training activity on Decent Work 4 Sustainable Development, 8-12 April 2019. 

28 participants from the ILO

Twenty-eight participants representing governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and staff of the ILO gathered at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin to discuss the Decent Work ─ Sustainable Development nexus. The aim of the course was to deepen understanding of the linkages between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), the SDG indicator framework and the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

The interdependency of the two agendas, summed up in SDG 8 on decent work and inclusive growth, is complex and multidimensional in terms of both vertical and horizontal integration and interlinkages.

To facilitate this dual approach, the ILO has developed a “DW4SD resource platform”, which offers integrated guidance and working resources on the relationship between Decent Work and Sustainable Development for constituents, ILO staff, UN country team members, development partners and other stakeholders in supporting national SDG processes.

Sessions on “Leave no one behind from a decent work perspective” and “The rights-based approach of the 2030 Agenda through International Labour Standards” kick-started this week-long learning journey on Decent Work for Sustainable Development. Participants were invited to explore and connect the 17 SDGs with the Decent Work Agenda using the DW4SD resource platform. Sessions on green jobs and social protection, looking at decent work through a SDG lens, revealed the interlinkages between different SDG targets and highlighted the integrated nature of this approach.

Further sessions on the role and importance of workers’ and employers’ organizations in monitoring and evaluation processes highlighted the importance of stakeholder engagement, transparency and accountability, critical pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The week ended with presentations by the different working groups, sharing the results of their discussions of real-life case studies relating to Decent Work and Sustainable Development.

For more information on the DW4SD Resource platform, please visit