e-Newsletter # 64 – February 2022

e-GCSPF # 64 - February 2022

CSocD60: Civil Society Forum 2022


From 7 to 16 February 2022, the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD60) will be held under the title: “Inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods, well-being, and dignity for all: eradicating poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.”
During the UN Commission, the NGO Committee for Social Development will hold a Virtual Civil Society Forum (CSF 2022) on February 9th, and 11th. CSF 2022 is organized with the support of FES and UN DESA. This year's Forum will include an all virtual Orientation and Networking event, as well as two Thematic Sessions and an NGO Collaboration Session. Learn more and register here.
More specifically, the first Thematic Session is entitled; Setting the Stage: A Global Overview on Poverty, Human Dignity and Well-being, and will feature Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter as keynote. Click here to view flyer and register.


Virtual side-event at the CSocD60: Reaching nutritionally vulnerable social groups: the quest for multifaceted policy response


The purpose of this side event, organized by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) in cooperation with several international partners is to explore the pre-requisites and core activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, are food-secure and have access to healthy nutrition. Sustainable pov- erty eradication cannot be achieved without addressing the threats to food and nutrition security and implementing a well-focused set of mutually reinforcing social and economic policies attuned to the national circumstances and implemented in an integrated manner. Read more
Event Flyer - Wednesday February 9th 2022, 8:30-9:45 am EST
You can join the event in Zoom - Meeting ID: 868 2023 7369 - Passcode: ICSW22


CSocD60 side-event: Dignity for all in practice: overcoming poverty-based discrimination


This side event will bring together activists with a lived experience of poverty from Burkina Faso and Ireland, academics working on poverty-based discrimination, and Member State representatives proposing good practices, including laws prohibiting discrimination based on social status. They will discuss the importance of addressing poverty-based discrimination, both at interpersonal and institutional levels, to ensure the rights, dignity, and well-being of all, especially that of individuals and families with a lived experience of poverty. Read more
Click HERE to register - Friday February 11th 2022, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm EST


More action needed to ensure older people everywhere benefit from vaccines now


As the WHO Executive Board met for its 150th session, HelpAge shared a statement calling on the WHO and Member States to do more to address the continuing inequity of global vaccine distribution which is exposing millions of those most in need to unnecessary risk. Read more


Top 5 Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2021


2021 was another tough year for informal workers: their earnings stayed far below pre-pandemic levels and hunger and debt remained huge obstacles to their recovery. The crisis is by no means over for these workers, making this an important time to look at what we have learnt from the pandemic in 2021, so that workers can be supported better in 2022.
Through the WIEGO COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy Study we have listened to workers and, also drawing on our programmatic work, were able to distill five valuable lessons. Read more


The Pandemic's Cost on Women


By Mai Saleh
In times of political conflict, occupation, major economic crises, and epidemics, the poorest and most marginalized, including women and especially refugees and migrants, are exposed to multiple forms of violence and discrimination. In the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic revealed the fragility and sometimes absence of social protection and led to the collapse of health systems worldwide. The global aspect of the crisis meant that many women have become scapegoats, sacrificed, and thrown into the ocean until the storm ends! Read more


Investing more in universal social protection


Filling the financing gap through domestic resource mobilization and international support and coordination. The ILO Working Paper 44 by Mira Bierbaum and Valérie Schmitt discusses the magnitude and urgency of the challenge of filling social protection financing gaps and the options for achieving this. Options exist even in low-income countries, including by broadening the tax base; tackling tax evasion and building fair and progressive tax systems together with a sustainable macroeconomic framework; duly collecting social security contributions and tackling non-payment or the avoidance of social security contributions; reprioritizing and reallocating public expenditure; and eliminating corruption and illicit financial flows.National social protection systems should be primarily financed from domestic resources; however, for countries with limited domestic fiscal capacities or countries facing increased needs due to crises, natural disasters or climate change, international financial resources, in combination with technical assistance, could complement and support domestic resource mobilization for social protection. Furthermore, more dialogue and coherence need to be achieved between international financial and development institutions to avoid contradictory policy advice on the level and nature of investment in social protection. Finally, international cooperation, such as on tax matters or debt restructuring, is needed to create an environment that facilitates domestic resource mobilization. Read more


World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022


The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022 report warns of a slow and uncertain recovery, as the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on global labour markets.
The ILO has projected that total hours worked globally in 2022 will remain almost two per cent below their pre-pandemic level, corresponding to a deficit of 52 million full-time equivalent jobs (assuming a 48-hour working week).
The impact has been particularly serious for developing nations that experienced higher levels of inequality, more divergent working conditions and weaker social protection systems even before the pandemic. Read more




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Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

Civil society organizations and trade unions unite to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to protect the most vulnerable.

Social Security for All

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