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A social protection floor for everyone: a universal rights-based development goal

A flyer (in English, Arabic, French and Spanish) is available here, in case you are interested in learning more about the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.

If you want to print the flyer (double-sided) please download this version that it is available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors promotes the right of all people residing in a country to social security, regardless of documentation. We promote social protection floors as key instruments to achieve the overarching social goal of the global development agenda. Social protection is one of the foundations for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. It can simultaneously address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability and preservation of livelihoods.

We believe social protection floors can have a transformative role in contributing to long-term inclusive and sustainable growth while also enhancing resilience against natural and manmade disasters, as well as economic and social crises.

We subscribe to the fundamental goal of social justice upheld in the ILO Constitution and the Declaration of Philadelphia and its essential cornerstones as defined in Articles 22 to 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We believe that as this world becomes significantly richer, no woman, no man and no child need live in social insecurity, poverty and apprehension.

In March 2012, 14 NGOs from all over the world participated in a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland on “The ILO’s social protection floor - lobbying for a strong recommendation”. The aim of this workshop - organized by the Geneva Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) - was to bring together NGOs from the global South and North to discuss strategies for supporting a strong ILO Recommendation. As a result of this workshop a Joint Statement of NGOs was written to support the adoption of a strong, autonomous ILO Recommendation on the Social Protection Floor. In the end, this Joint Statement was supported and signed by 59 NGOs from different parts of the world.  It was presented at the relevant negotiating committee at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva in June 2012 by the International Movement ATD Fourth World. After this huge success of joining forces for a common goal, the NGOs decided to keep the momentum and to deepen their joint action towards achieving social protection for all.

Thus, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors was created in summer 2012. The Coalition consists now of more than 100 NGOs and Trade Unions from all parts of the world.

The Coalition operates within a worldwide network structure without formal headquarter and sponsorship department. The Coalition communicates with ILO, the UN Inter Agency Board on the SPF and other relevant organizations as well as contribute to international and regional forums.

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 during COVID-19 and beyond.

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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.
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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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