Background information

The session “Examining the Progress of the World Bank's Commitment to Universal Social Protection” was held at the 2024 Civil Society Policy Forum, World Bank & IMF Spring Meetings on April 17, 2024. Read more about this session: Beyond the World Bank: The fight for universal social protection in the Global South by Matthew Greenslade (Bretton Woods Project, April 2024). “Examining the progress of the World Bank’s commitment to universal social protection” by Matthew Breenslade (Development Pathways, April

On April 2024, Human rights, faith-based, and economic justice organizations wrote to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Directors to express concerns that the IMF and the World Bank Group are failing to promote the human right to social security for all. Read more.

Submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on good practices and challenges to strengthen the fulfilment of the right to social security. On January 2024 the organisations that jointly advocate for the Right to Social Security provided input regarding 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 presents research on social security across 16 countries, conducted by the signing organisations from 2019 and 2023.

The Event “Building a New Eco-social Contract and Advancing Social Security in Times of Debt and Austerity” took place on Friday, October 13, 2023 during the Civil Society Policy Forum of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings 2023 held in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Campaign “Social Security for All – Key pillar for a new eco-social contract“ was launched on October 4 th , 2023 .The event was moderated by Farah Al Shami (Arab Reform Initiative).
Global testimonies on the challenges of poverty targeting and pension privatization were presented by Allana Kembabazi (ISER, Uganda), Sarala Emmanuel (Feminist Collective for Economic Justice in Colombo, Sri Lanka), Guillermo Zuccotti (CGT, Argentina) and Manuel Riesco (CENDA Foundation, Chile). Isabel Ortiz (Global Social Justice) presented the Campaign: Social Security for All – Key Pillar for a New Eco-Social Contract. The event took place on October 4 th , 2023. Read the press release.

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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