The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) will held a side-event entitled "Social Protection Floors as key tools for eradicating poverty: best practices and strategies for the future" uring the 56th edition of the Commission on Social Development (CSocD). The side-event will take place on Friday 2, 2018, from 4:45pm to 6:00pm, in Conference Room D at the United Nations Headquarters.
SOCIAL PROTECTION FLOORS AS KEY TOOLS FOR ERADICATING POVERTY: BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE
Conference Room D, UNHQ (NYC)
February 2, 2018, 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Social protection is a right. A coherent, rights-based approach to social policy will ensure people’s access to basic services and social guarantees. A lack of basic social protection is one of the main reasons why people have been left behind and live in extreme poverty. Today, less than 30 percent of the global population has access to comprehensive coverage, leaving1.6 billion people living in extreme (multidimensional) poverty, unprotected from various set-backs and shocks throughout their lives.
Moderator: Peter Bakvis, Director, International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC/Global Unions, Washington Office
What are the tools and strategies needed to make the human right to social security a reality for all?
Officially recognized in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development under the SDG 1 Target 1.3: "Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable," human rights-based social protection systems, including floors, is a key strategy to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, and combat social exclusion.
Social Protection Floors (SPFs) are nationally defined basic levels of income security in the form of various social transfers as well as universal, affordable access to essential services such as health care. When well- designed and adapted to the needs of the people who are furthest behind, social protection floors can help break the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty.
This side-event brings perspectives from a variety of development stakeholders, including grassroots organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, trade unions, Member States, and international organizations. They will discuss the need to extend social protection coverage to all people — including those left furthest behind — through a rights-based approach that integrates existing international standards with strategies to be developed in the future.
Objectives of the side-event
Over 200 civil society organizations and trade unions unite to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to protect the most vulnerable during COVID-19 and beyond.
The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provides medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aims to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.
This initiative is implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.