GCSPF e-Newsletter #104 | June 2024 Edition

e-GCSPF #104 - June 2024

Recording of the side event on Social Protection at the 2024UNCSC

The recording of the side event "Why universal social protection is essential for inclusive development, peace and security in the present and future"  is now online. The side event took place during the 2024 UNCSC in Nairobi, Kenya on May 9, 2024. Watch the recording

Policy Brief “Social Protection for Climate Justice: Why and how?”

This policy brief argues for a strategic use of climate funding, and in particular for its use in strengthening rights-based social protection systems. Social protection is an important mechanism in managing climate-change related risks and their social and economic consequences as a short-term response to extreme weather events, but also supports people in adapting to climate change in the long-term. Read more

South Africa: Universal Basic Income Coalition released a Basic Income Policy Elections Scorecard

On 15 May the Universal Basic Income Coalition (UBIC), of which the IEJ is a partner, released a Basic Income Policy Elections Scorecard which assessed the major political parties positions on social protection, in advance of the South African elections on May 29. The scorecard has been widely cited and commented on in the media, as basic income was one of the major issues in the election, with over 60% of the population supporting the introduction of basic income to address South Africa’s deep crisis of hunger and poverty.
The Coalition reached out to all major parties, and some parties amended or improved their positions on basic income, in response to this engagement. In responding to the scorecard, the ANC, the largest party in South Africa, released a far-reaching statement committing to a universal and redistributive basic income grant (BIG), and to expanding and improving the value of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant for adults in the interim, as a basis for the introduction of a BIG. This builds on and deepens commitments in their manifesto and policies. Read more

112th Session of the International Labour Conference

This year’s agenda includes a standard-setting discussion on protection against biological hazards, a recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of fundamental principles and rights at work and a general discussion on decent work and the care economy. The Conference (3 - 14 June) will also elect members of the Governing Body for the 2024-27 term of office. Read more

ILO: Towards a renewed social contract

This report of the Director-General to the ILC carries forward the theme of social justice by focusing on the very foundation of just societies, upon which the opportunities and institutions for decent work are built: the social contract. The report highlights the opportunity the Second World Summit for Social Development, to be convened by the United Nations in 2025, to renewed it. Read more

Just Transition: Green skills, social protection, inclusive and gender- transformative approaches

In order to proactively seek solutions to achieve a Just Transition, at the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2024 (SB60), this UNFCCC side event aims to examine how to tap the immense win-win potential of the human factor by integrating green skills promotion and social protection as well as gender-transformative approaches in countries ́ transition strategies from the start.
Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 14:45 – 16:00, Room Bonn, World Conference Center Bonn. Bonn Climate Change Conference 2024 (SB60) Read more


“Social Protection and Inequality Latin America and the Caribbean towards the Second World Social Summit for Social Development of 2025”

This IV Regional Seminar on Social Development, organized by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will promote reflection and dialogue to advance in the recognition, analysis of the characteristics and dimensioning of social inequality in the region. Therefore, it seeks to strengthen the design of public policies that allow progress in inclusive social development and thus progress in meeting the goals agreed by the countries in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Seminar will take place in Chile, 25-27 June. Read more

Welcome to our new member

Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice - ANEEJ

The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) is a non-government organization whose goal is to amplify the voice of the weak, the less privileged and the marginalized groups in the society including women, youths, and People Living With Disabilities in order to increase their participation in the democratic decision-making process.
As its basis, ANEEJ believes in a democratic system for managing human interest and operates within two broad focal areas namely environmental and economic justice. Specifically, ANEEJ implements projects relating to governance and democracy, human rights (including migration and development issues) and anti-corruption, peace building and conflict resolution, development effectiveness, social protection, environment including water, sanitation and hygiene among others. Contact information: Rev David Ugolor (Executive Director) dugolor@gmail.com 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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