In many countries, democratic rights and freedoms are at risk. Unions play a key role in defending them. The ITUC Global Rights Index details a rise in the number of countries where conflict, authoritarianism and right-wing governments are destroying freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike. Through the solidarity of our affiliates, support for countries at risk is central to our work. Organizing for migrant rights and the elimination of slavery in all its forms is fundamental to ensure democratic rights and freedom for all workers. We know that peace is built on social justice and requires social protection, just wages and safe and secure work with the guarantee of fundamental rights and the rule of law. Peace, democracy and rights is a foundation for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Labor activists are both human rights defenders and peace builders and this must be recognized. Rather than investing in social infrastructure to safeguard peace and stability – the arms race and the ideological conflicts are back on.