GCSPF contribution to the CESCR on Business activities and human rights
Members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors submitted comments on the draft General Comment of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Business activities and human rights. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland last February 2017.
In the document the crucial role of business on decent work and the financing of social protection floors was recognized. A number of general comments were included and also pleaded for tax justice at the international level to make sure that social protection floors can be properly financed. Read here the complete submission.
During the meeting, members of the GCSPF presented and statement. Read here the complete oral statement.
Further information can be found here.
Statement of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors in the 55th session of the Commission for Social Development
Members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors presented an statement at the fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017.
The choice of Strategies for the Eradication of Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All as the priority theme of the 55th session of the Commission for Social Development is timely and of utmost importance as it firmly embeds anti-poverty efforts undertaken globally and nationally in the context of the SDG framework. Striking a balance between social, environmental and economic goals is essential to ensure that the benefits of growth reach all people, especially those still living in poverty. Evidence confirms that eradication of poverty can bring numerous opportunities and benefits to society, facilitating concrete actions on the road towards sustainable development. At the same time, it is widely recognized that the effective efforts aimed at poverty eradication are closely linked to mitigation and adaptation policies.
We invite the Commission to prioritize the issues of inequality and poverty reduction in a comprehensive manner, linking human rights with the social protection of individuals and communities. Universal social protection is an important enabling factor conducive to protecting these rights, developing human potential, and reducing income inequalities. Giving weight to the importance of essential material conditions that are required for living with dignity, social protection facilitates upholding human dignity as a value and a legal principle, confirming its central place within social and economic rights. Moreover, it is an essential material prerequisite for the effective empowerment of people, and the social and economic integration needed to enjoy civil and political rights.
Here you can download the full version of the statement presented by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.
Further information can be found here.
Proposal for a Global Fund for Social Protection Floors (2015)
In the framework of the negotiations on Financing for Development, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors has released its proposal for the set up of Global Fund for Social Protection Floors (GFSPFs): a solidarity based financing mechanism to help countries design, implement and, to a limited extent, finance national floors of social protection.
While not replacing domestic resources necessary to ensure the sustainability of social protection systems, the fund would aim at: a) Providing technical support for national efforts to plan and design national SPFs and the training of national planning and administrative staff; b) Co-financing of SPF transfers in exceptional cases.
The full proposal is available (in EN) at the following LINK.
Our Resolution (2014)
A social protection floor for everyone: a universal rights-based development goal
Well into the 21st century, the world remains an unfair, unequal, insecure and unhealthy place for the majority of people. At global level, four out of five persons do not have access to comprehensive social protection. About 80 per cent of the global population live in social insecurity and face a complete loss of income security when a personal or national economic crisis strikes. We, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors promote social protection floors as key instruments to achieve the overarching social goal of the global development agenda. Social protection is one of the foundations for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
The Global Coalition holds that the two-dimensional strategy of the Recommendation, extending basic social security guarantees to all and ensuring improved quality of protection be adopted as a guide in developing an overarching social protection goal for social development in the framework of the post-2015 development agenda.
To track progress in accordance with this strategy, the targets, target levels and indicators to monitor realization of the two objectives are outlined in the table.
The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors promotes the right of all people residing in a country to social security, regardless of documentation. Accordingly, there is no reference in this framework to the citizenship status of any person residing within the borders of a country or recognized territory.
Our Joint Statement (2012)
This joint statement is submitted by 59 NGOs
We wholeheartedly support the ILO intention to adopt the Recommendation on national social protection floors at the 101st session of the International Labour Conference in June 2012. The implementation of this Recommendation will be a great step forward towards the reduction of poverty and inequality as well as to the empowerment of people worldwide. It is a timely response to the fact that millions of people living on our planet are excluded from the benefits of globalization, and are often penalized through the implementation of austerity measures. We also welcome the fact that the implementation of the ILO Recommendation will be part of the larger United Nations Social Protection Initiative, established in 2009, and in which all UN family members participate.