Access to adequate social protection is recognized by the international community as a human and social right. It is also widely considered to be instrumental in promoting social inclusion on a broad scale, and to be conducive to and indispensable for fair growth, social cohesion and economic performance, contributing to competitiveness.
However, today, only 20 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage, and more than half lack any coverage at all. The situation reflects levels of economic development, with fewer than 10 per cent of workers in least-developed countries covered by social security. In middle-income countries, coverage ranges from 20 to 60 per cent, while in most industrial nations, it is close to 100 per cent. Social protection floors are nationally-defined sets of basic social security guarantees which secure protection aimed at preventing or alleviating poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion, in particular with regard to access to essential health care and basic income security throughout the life course.
The International Labour Conference (ILC), at its 101st session in 2012, adopted a Recommendation on national floors of social protection (No. 202). Reflecting the ILO's two-dimensional strategy for the extension of social security adopted during the ILC 2011, the Recommendation provides guidance to Member States to establish and maintain social protection floors as a fundamental element of their national social security systems, and to implement these floors within strategies for the extension of social security that progressively ensure higher levels of social security to as many people as possible, guided by ILO social security standards.
In order to build greater support with UN Member States and move forward with the development and establishment of social protection floors, the ILO and the UNITAR New York Office are organizing a three module seminar series on “Advancing Social Protection Floors”. The three one day seminars, which will be held in March, May and August 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York will include expert presentations, policy dialogues and knowledge sharing exercises.
The seminar series aims to:
• provide delegates with a better understanding of the structure and elements of social protection floors
• increase awareness for the need and the benefits of national floors of social protection
• understand the importance of promoting social protection floors in the multilateral system
At the end of the seminar series the delegates will:
• have gained substantial knowledge on the elements of social protection floors,
• be able to understand the effects of social protection on economic and social development,
• understand the ILO recommendation 202 on national floors of social protection
• have acquired knowledge on how to promote the social protection floor approach in the multilateral system
The second module of the Seminar Series will cover the following topics:
• Fiscal Place and Social Protection Financing
• A Global Fund for Social Protection
• The Role of the International Monetary Fund in Social Protection Financing
• Links between Social Protection and Promotion of Women's and Children's Right
The seminar will take place on Tuesday, 28 May from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 222, New York, NY 10017.
Pre-registration is required to enter the Mission