CSA-Benin: Training seminar on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Benin

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The CSA-Benin organised a training seminar for trade union leaders on Monday, 29 May 2017, with the technical support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

The seminar took place at the FES Conference Hall, under the theme ‘the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Benin: opportunities and challenges for trade unions.’ The seminar brought together 30 participants, including nine (9) women.

The opening addresses were delivered by the FES representative, Ms Nouratou ZATO KOTO-YERIMA and the CSA-Benin Secretary General, Mr Anselme AMOUSSOU.
In addition, two amazing presentations were made during the seminar. The first paper was presented by an expert from the SDGs’ Coordination and Follow-up Office. It focused on SDGs contents and ownership in the context of Benin. The facilitator highlighted the progress made in the implementation of SDGs in the context of Benin; the strategies and areas of involvement of trade unions in the ongoing process. He expressed also his appreciation for the interest of CSA’s leadership in SDGs.

The second paper was completely linked to the previous. It equipped the participants with advocacy and lobbying technics with respect to the implementation of SDGs. Comrade Siméon DOSSOU, the CSA’s expert, insisted on the fact that engaging in advocacy and lobbying would effectively help the trade union organisations in pushing for the implementation of SDGs.

He underlined the importance of lobbying with respect to opportunities and challenges for trade unions in the process of implementing SDGs.
The seminar was concluded with a couple of questions, to which the speaker responded with pleasure. The meeting resolved to establish a working group, specifically devoted to SDGs, under the auspices of the Executive Bureau of CSA to better participate in the process of implementing SDGs.

On the margins of the seminar, CSA-Benin launched their web site. Comrade Anselme AMOUSSOU welcomed the website, as a fulfilment of the dream that the Confederation’s leadership was pursuing since they took office.

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