GCSPF E-Newsletter #2 - July 2017

e-GCSPF # 2 - July 2017

Members of the GCSPF participated in the ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All, Western and Central African tripartite and development partners networking meeting on implementing social protection floors in the 2030 Agenda that was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 23 to 25 May 2017.
Members of the GCSPF participated in the panel “Supporting SPFs in Africa: partnerships for development”. Mr Uzziel Twagilimana, of World Solidarity (WSM), made a statement on behalf of the GCSPF highlighting some of the achievements of social movements in extending social protection to informal economy workers.
This workshop contributes to ILO’s efforts to support the implementation of the SDGs. While recognizing that the State has the overall and primary responsibility of extending social security coverage along the horizontal and vertical dimensions as set out in R202, this workshop aims to engage with tripartite constituents and to consult with other relevant stakeholders. The workshop also contributes to enhancing South-South cooperation as a tool to support the development of social protection floors in Africa. Read more

Members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors will participate in the High-Level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, that will be held from July 10 to 19.
Members of the GCSPF will hold an informal meeting (date and place tbc)
GCSPF participation at HLPF 2017 Side events:
* “Global Partnership on Universal Social Protection: Ending Poverty by 2030” - On Monday, 10 July, 1:15-2:30 pm in the UN Conference Room 8.
* “Universal Social Protection: End poverty and reduce inequality” On Tuesday, 18th July, from 18:15 - 19:45 at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Read more

The research paper “Starting strong. Implementation of the social SDGs in Latin America” was commissioned as part of the series ‘Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’ and published by CIPPEC. The paper identifies key actions toward addressing the unfinished business of the MDGs and how to reach those who are furthest behind in relation to the new SDGs.
Latin America remains one of the most unequal regions of the world with many of the most vulnerable groups being left behind. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) propose not only the eradication of poverty by 2030, but also a reduction in these high levels of inequality. Young girls and boys are being left behind due to inadequate employment opportunities, high rates of teenage pregnancy, and poor levels of educational attainment. Women face discrimination and unequal access to the labour market. All of these challenges are greater for families living in poverty, and for indigenous and afro-descendant communities. Read more

The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 percent in just one year, according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Attacks on union members have been documented in fifty-nine countries, fuelling growing anxiety about jobs and wages.
The report shows that corporate interests are being put ahead of the interests of working people in the global economy, with 60 per cent of countries excluding whole categories of workers from labour law. Read more

This publication contains a selection of the most relevant international instruments that establish the human right to social security and provide guidance for comprehensive social security systems at national level. These include the standards and conclusions adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the field of social security and the main human rights instruments spelling out the right to social security adopted under the auspices of the United Nations. The compendium describes the instruments and of their contents, as well as explaining their purpose and relevance for furthering social protection rights worldwide. Read more

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) is now member of the GCSPF. Dr. Netra Prasad Timsina (Regional Coordinator) and Praman Adhikari (Programme Coordinator) will be working with us. Dr. Netra Prasad Timsina will participate in the informal meeting to be held next July in New York.
SAAPE is a civil society organization of South Asia (a regional network) comprising of trade unions, peasant organizations, women rights organizations, youth, human rights organizations, NGOs and academic organizations working to end poverty and injustices. SAAPE's secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read more



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