“Social Protection and Sustainable Development Goals: A Joint Agenda” – Buenos Aires, November 2-4, 2016

The meeting “Social Protection and Sustainable Development Goals: A Joint Agenda” brought together Core Group members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors and Latin American social protection experts for three days in Buenos Aires.

The exchange with the experts over the first two days resulted in technical and methodological recommendations as to how best to link Social Protection Floors and Social Development Goals, as well as a thorough analysis of the social protection challenges and opportunities in each world region.

The third and last session dealt with future planning for the Coalition and resulted in several concrete decisions. It was agreed that the GCSPF ought to focus on helping build national coalitions in four selected countries (Zambia, Myanmar, India, El Salvador), as well as supporting one regional coalition, that of the Southern Cone in South America.

Significant progress was also made with regard to future plans for the drafting of a resolution to be presented at ECOSOC (the Statement at the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development is available here) and in connection with updating the Coalition Terms of Reference.

It was also agreed that Coalition members will write shadow reports on the countries that the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will be monitoring.

Finally, a new administrative arrangement was set up, with FES securing the necessary funds to support one person from Social Watch to take over all Coalition-related administrative duties.

The meeting “Social Protection and Sustainable Development Goals: A Joint Agenda” was organized by the Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) and took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 2 to 4 November 2016.