Trade unions are at COP28 to focus on action, not just talk, ensuring policies don't leave anyone behind. Despite challenges like the president's climate denial claims and concerns about oil deals overshadowing the summit, unions are adamant about staying on course.
Their goal at COP28 is to embed workers' rights, fair transitions, and social protections into climate policies. With over 60 unionists present in the ITUC-led group, they're active in negotiations and side events, engaging with various stakeholders.
Even with limited speaking opportunities, unions strategically voiced workers' concerns. IndustriALL have highlighted this COP needs to create a framework for fair transitions worldwide, focusing on equity and balancing social, economic, and environmental aspects.
Aligning with the ILO guidelines adopted in June, unions are emphasising labour rights, social dialogue, and protection in climate talks, advocating for international justice within a Just Transition framework.