Video: Side event at HLPF - “Decade of Action to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030”

The virtual side event “Decade of Action to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030” took place on 12 July 2021 during the High-level Political Forum 2021.

The virtual side event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations; Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia; Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection - USP2030; Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors; Global Call to Action Against Poverty; International Labour Organization; The World Bank; International Network for Social Protection Rights (INSP!R West-Africa); United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Protestant Agency for Diakonie und Development; Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC).

Read more: the concept note, the invitation, the speakers bios, further information.


Moderator: Dr. Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, Transformative Social Policy Programme, UNRISD

Session 1: The Contribution of Universal Social Protection to Agenda 2030

Session 2: Partnership for Joint Action

The Programme on Women’s Economic Social Cultural Rights (PWESCR), which is a founding member of the Global Coalition of Social Protection Floors, with support from Bread for the World convened a three-day meeting of the Core Group members of the Coalition, especially from the global South in New Delhi, India. Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), networks and individual activists working on social security and social protection issues attended the meeting. This meeting was meant to share the concept of social protection floor and how organisations and groups from the South can effectively engage with the global advocacy and campaign for SPF. The meeting was conceived as an initiator for reaching out to more organisations, groups and networks in the South, for expanding the Coalition and also for initiating a process of building country-level advocacy and action plans.

You can read the Charter of Recommendations adopted in English and Arabic.



How to link SPF with SDGs and bring an effective human rights monitoring mechanisms to the process ensuring no one is left behind?

How do we develop international enabling actions for implementation of SDGs at national levels?

What role can the Global Coalition play at regional and national levels?

To find answers to these questions, a three -day focused global South meeting is being organised between 27 and 29 January and hosted by the PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) in New Delhi (India) to

  1. achieve an enhanced understanding of national experience, good practices and challenges with regard to promotion, implementation and monitoring of national SPF and comprehensive social security systems for all.
  2. develop a Global Coalition road map from a South perspective to achieve universal SPF targets at country level, which will be shared in the Coalition Core Group meeting in March, 2016 in Geneva.


Social protection is one of the foundations for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. With focused advocacy efforts in collaboration with several stakeholders and partners, the Coalition did succeed in getting social protection included as a key component of Sustainable Development Goals. The Coalition has been effective in its collective international advocacy efforts to demand social security. In the last three years, it has worked around SDGs, Human Rights Council, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and with the EU and has resulted in some promising outcomes.



For two days, specialist from all parts of the world discussed different aspects and developments in the field of social protection for people with disabilities. The workshop - second of this kind this year - was organized in close collaboration between the International Labour Organization and the International Disability Alliance with the aim of:

1) Presenting preliminary findings of an ILO study on disability-inclusion in four national social protection schemes (Argentina, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan and South Africa)

2) Discussing in detail two country cases, presented by DPO representatives from India (advocacy for reforms and streamlining in line with the CRPD) of several existing disability specific schemes) and Philippines (making main poverty assistance schemes inclusive and developing a disability specific scheme)

3) Discussing main elements of thematic report on social protection to be presented by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the UN General Assembly

4) Seeking update on different social protection initiatives from different global stakeholders and discuss next steps on how to advance knowledge on disability-inclusive social protection at global level.

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For more information, visit the following websites:

Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

Over 200 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.

Read the Call

SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provides medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aims to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.

This initiative is implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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