GCSPF e-Newsletter #96 - January 2024

e-GCSPF #96 - January 2024

The GCSPF inputs to the Summit of the Future

The GCSPF welcomes the initiative to convene a Summit of the Future (SofF). The agenda of the Summit will focus on topics that are of crucial importance for the future of the global community. In December 2023 the GCSPF contributed to the informal consultations with stakeholders and also submitted its inputs for the preparation of the Zero Draft of the SotF. Read more 

Written Statement of the GCSPF at the Commission for Social Development 62nd Session

The GCSPF delivered a written statement at the 62nd session of the Commission for Social Development 2024 which priority theme is “Fostering Social Development and Social Justice through Social Policies to accelerate Progress on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve the overarching goal of poverty eradication”. Read more

Join our Webinar: Pathways to building universal social protection floors

The gradual introduction of universal social security is feasible – and already happening!
Webinar: 8 February, 2024 - 10:00 GMT
While universal social protection is broadly embraced as a goal or at least “a vision”, most social security programmes in low- and middle-income countries are poverty-targeted rather than universal, especially if they are supported by international development partners. The standard argument that “universal social security is simply not affordable in poor countries” typically overrides all arguments for universality. In this webinar this argument is challenged through the presentation of two new reports by Development Pathways and Act Church of Sweden: An affordable and feasible pathway to universal social security using the principle of universality and Taking stock of progress: a compilation of universal or benefit-tested social security programmes in low- and middle-income countries.
For mor information: Gunnel Axelsson Nycander or Lalchhanhimi Bungsut - Register hereRead more

Digitization and Registration in South Africa

How is digital technology helping to include informal workers into social protection schemes or how is it creating new barriers for these people to access protection? What are the risks and opportunities? What is the role of informal workers organisations in building more inclusive registration systems? These are some of the questions we will try to answer by looking at some cases of programmes and policies countries are implementing to expand their social protection systems to include informal workers. Listen this Podcast

Submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on good practices and challenges to strengthen the fulfilment of the right to social security

Twelve organisations collaborated on a joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Human Rights Council Resolution 52/11 on the question of the realisation in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights, with a focus on the right to social security. This submission comprises research conducted across 16 countries from 2019 and 2023, highlighting both positive steps but also gaps and challenges towards the enjoyment of the right to social security. The submission concludes with recommendations for the effective implementation of universal social security for all. Read more

Michael Cichon: a celebration of his professional life and legacy

The book is a celebration of Michael Cichon's professional life and legacy, which brings together memories, thoughts, messages, pictures and anecdotes that many people from around the world have shared with us in Michael's memory. The book is intended first and foremost for Michael's family, as well as for those who have known Michael, who have contributed to this book, and who cherish his memory and legacy. Read more

Fifth USP2030 Membership Assembly

The fifth USP2030 Membership Assembly will be held in March 2024 (dates to be announced). In addition to providing updates on progress, new members and working group results, it will provide an opportunity for members to reflect together on how to strengthen the partnership's capacity to engage, include and support Global South actors, including through strategic alignment with the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions, based on the USP2030 strategy on engaging the Global South. Read more

Welcome to new members

Community Focus Foundation Ghana

The mission of Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana) is to empower communities to harness available local resources (human, materials and financial) of the society for the socio-economic development of their respective communities. Our vision is a Ghana where the governance architecture prioritizes development to the benefit of all citizens. Read more

Action Contre les Violations des Droits des Personnes Vulnérables

L’Action Contre les Violations des Droits des Personnes Vulnérables - ACVDP (République Démocratique du Congo) est une organisation non gouvernementale des droits de l’homme reconnue comme Asbl par l’Etat Congolais sous le N°F.92/9945 du Ministère de la Justice, des droits humains et des affaires sociales. Elle est dotée du statut consultatif spécial des Nations Unies ECOSOC et basée à Kinshasa sur l’avenue Mikondo N°3A Quartier Biyela dans la Commune de Kimbanseke. Avec des antennes dans 5 provinces à savoir Nord et Sud Ubangui, Nord et Sud Kivu et Mongala. 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

Civil society organizations and trade unions call governments and international financial institutions to make a commitment to create social security systems that enable everyone to realize their rights. Governments and financial institutions should end policies that have been failing millions of people.

SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provided medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aimed to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.
This initiative was implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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