The global community of nations has long decided to ensure the Human Right of all people to social protection. Studies have shown that ensuring a basic level of social protection for all is affordable for most countries and definitely for the global community of nations. A solidarity-based Global Fund for Social Protection could support countries to design, implement and, in specific cases, co-finance national floors of social protection. This side event offers civil society and academic perspectives on the proposal of a Global Fund for Social Protection and gives room to discuss ways and means of turning this idea into reality.
The event “A Global Fund for Social Protection” was organised by GCSPF, Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), Brot für die Welt, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Alison Tate (ITUC) was the moderator and the speakers were: Valérie Schmitt (ILO), Gabriel Fernández (APSP), Markus Kaltenborn (Ruhr University Bochum), Sulistri Afrileston (ITUC), Michael Cichon (GCSPF) and Marcus Manuel (ODI).
The event took place in the framework of the Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What’s next for social protection?” organised by socialprotection.org, which took place on October 5, 6 and 8, 2020.
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.