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

The recording of the side event on social protection is now online. The side event took place during the 2024 UNCSC in Nairobi, Kenya on May 9, 2024.

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Invitation: Join the side event on Social Protection at the 2024UNCSC

The hybrid event "Why Universal Social Protection is essential for inclusive development, peace and security in the present and future" will take place on May 9, 2024 at the 2024UNCSC.

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World Bank and IMF Executive Directors: Support States to Realize the Human Right to Social Security

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

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Invitation: Join the webinar on the UN Global Accelerator

The Working Group on Financing Social Protection of the GCSPF and the INSP!R network are inviting you to participate in a webinar to discuss the UN Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions. This webinar will take place on Friday, April 26th at 1 pm UTC.

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The GCSPF at the UNECE Regional Forum 2024

Members of the GCSPF participated at the 2024 UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.

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Joint Statement “Towards Universal Social Protection”

The Joint Statement was developed by the co-organizers and participants of the workshop series “Toward Universal Social Protection: Health, Social Protection and Equality“ that was held in Kathmandu on 17 February 2024 during the World Social Forum 2024.

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Video of the event “The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty”

The video of the side event “The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty” is now online. The side event was held on February 14, 2024 during the 62nd Session of the CSocD.

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Invitation side event “Advocating Universal Social Protection Floors for Asian Countries”

The virtual event “Advocating Universal Social Protection Floors for Asian Countries” will be held on February 21, 2024 during the 11th APFSD.

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Invitation side event “The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty”

The side event “The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty” will be held on February 14, 2024 at 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm EST at Conference Room 11, UNHQ, New York. The event will be held during the CSocD62.

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Video of the Event “Building a New Eco-social Contract and Advancing Social Security in Times of Debt and Austerity”

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

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Social Security for all Campaign at the 2023 Annual Meetings

Members of the GCSPF participated at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings 2023 held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 9 to 15 October, 2023.

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Video of the launching of the Campaign “Social Security for All“

Watch here the video of the launching of the Campaign “Social Security for All“ held on 4th October 2023.

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Global People’s Assembly 2023

The session “Social Justice: Social Protection and Health, People’s Vaccine” coorganized by GCSPF, GCAP Asia, GCAP Africa, PVA and Africa Japan Forum was held during the Global People’s Assembly (GPA) 2023 on 17th September at the UN Church Centre.

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Invitation to the event at the Global People’s Assembly 2023

The hybrid Global People’s Assembly 2023 will be in New York – at the UN SDG Summit and the UN General Assembly, September 17-18, 2023. The GCSPF is coorganizing the session “Social Justice: Social Protection and Health, People’s Vaccine”.

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International Symposium on Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management

Many members of the GCSPF participated in the International Symposium, convened by the ILO, UNICEF, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and the European Union.

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GCSPF at the Global Forum on Adaptive Social Protection Protecting lives and livelihoods in times of crisis

Dr. Magdalena Sepúlveda spoke on behalf of the GCSPF in the opening session “Towards social protection for all in the face of multiple global crises”.

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Invitation: International symposium on improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

The International symposium "Improving synergies between social protection & public finance management" co-hosted by the ILO, UNICEF, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, and the European Union will take place on 27 - 28 June, 2023.

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Video of the session “IMF's strategy on social spending facing austerity: new direction or bandaid?”

The video of the session “IMF's strategy on social spending facing austerity: new direction or bandaid?” is now online. The session was held on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023. Civil society welcomed the IMF's new policy on social spending in 2019. However, we are concerned that spending on social protection, health and education is still not […]

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Invitation hybrid session: “IMF's strategy on social spending facing austerity: new direction or bandaid?”

The hybrid session “IMF's strategy on social spending facing austerity: new direction or bandaid?” will be held on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EDT in the IMF HQ2-03B-768B meeting room. Simultaneous interpretation will be available to Spanish, French, and Arabic for those participating online. Registration is not needed for those […]

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Video of the Webinar: “Be an expert universal social security advocate”

The webinar “Be an expert universal social security advocate” was moderated by Lena Simet, Senior Researcher and Advocate, Human Rights Watch. Stephen Kidd, CEO, Development Pathways (download his presentation), and Holly Seglah, Social Protection Officer, Development Pathways (download her presentation) were the speakers. Richard Obiga (Programme Officer, Social Protection Secretariat, Kenya) and David Tumwesigye (Global […]

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GCSPF at the 2023 UN's Development Cooperation Forum

Barry Herman made an intervention on behalf of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, a member of the GCSPF and also on behalf of the GCSPF at the UN's Development Cooperation Forum. His intervention (see here) was part of the interactive discussion that followed the panel presentation. The UN's Development […]

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Side Event at the LDC5 Civil Society Forum

The side event “Progress through Social Protection - Current initiatives and financing at national and international level” took place on Monday, March 6th 2023 during the Civil Society Forum of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) that was held in Doha, Qatar. Speakers at the event were Massimiliano La Marca […]

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Invitation Side Event at the LDC5 Civil Society Forum

The side event "Progress through Social Protection - Current initiatives and financing at national and international level" will take place on Monday, March 6th from 5 to 6:30 pm at Civil Society Forum of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5). Moderator: Martha Bekele, Development Initiatives Speakers: Social Protection: An investment […]

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Invitation Webinar: Be an expert universal social security advocate

In this webinar, Development Pathways and Act CoS present a new report, or rather a guide for advocators: Advocating for universal social security: how to win hearts and minds.

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Video of the Side Event: On the Road to 2025: A New Social Contract with Universal Social Protection and Full Employment and Decent Work for all

The video of the side event: On the Road to 2025: A New Social Contract with Universal Social Protection and Full Employment and Decent Work for all is now online. The event took place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, during the 61st Session of the Commission for Social Development CSocD61.

The event was dedicated to the memory of Prof. Michael Cichon. Michael was the inspiration behind and driver of Recommendation 202, founder of the GCSPF and he has been an inspiring example to so many people around the world.

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Virtual Side Event: On the Road to 2025: A New Social Contract with Universal Social Protection and Full Employment and Decent Work for all

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 Time: 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm EST (Confirm your local time here) Please register at: http://bit.ly/3D3Dek7 The side event will be in English. French and Spanish interpretation will be provided. Organized by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF). Co-organized by Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Gray […]

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Position Paper of the GCSPF at the Commission for Social Development 61st Session

Winifred Doherty of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd prepared the position paper.  International KOLPING, International Presentation Association, Social Justice in Global Development, JusticeMakers Bangladesh, and Free Trade Union Development Center Sri Lanka, all members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors endorsed the paper. ************* Download pdf version. […]

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In memoriam. MICHAEL CICHON

Michael Cichon (1953-2022)
Compilation of tributes

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Video of the Webinar “Progressive realisation: Building inclusive social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries using the principle of universality”

The video of the webinar “Progressive realisation: Building inclusive social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries using the principle of universality” is now online. The webinar was held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Speakers Daisy Sibun, Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways, author of ‘Can a leopard change its spots? A critical analysis of […]

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Webinar “Progressive realisation: Building inclusive social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries using the principle of universality”

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 1 to 2 pm UTC. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduytrT4iHtbO32hiC4pBLg0g0sH4AkEy Background There is broad consensus that expansion of social protection is a necessary response to the global food and economic crises. But an immediate reaction when universal social protection is proposed is often that “it is […]

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Invitación Taller Regional presencial Protección Social, Cuidados e Igualdad de Género: Desafíos frente a las Políticas de Austeridad

TALLER PRESENCIAL FORTALECER LOS CUIDADOS Y LA SEGURIDAD SOCIAL APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR Como cierre de este ciclo realizaremos un Taller Regional presencial “Protección Social, Cuidados e Igualdad de Género: Desafíos frente a las Políticas de Austeridad” se realizará el miércoles 9 de noviembre de 2022 en Buenos […]

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Webinar Presentation and Recording: Work Bank, IMF and Universal Social Protection following COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and the Unclear

The slide presentation and the webinar's recording of the webinar the “Work Bank, IMF and Universal Social Protection following COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and the Unclear” are now available. The webinar took place on 20 October, 2022. In the webinar World Bank, IMF and Universal Social Protection following COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and […]

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Video de la Conferencia “Lo que la pandemia nos dejó: transformaciones necesarias”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS: “FORTALECER LOS CUIDADOS Y LA SEGURIDAD SOCIAL” APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Lo que la pandemia nos dejó, transformaciones necesarias En el contexto de la pandemia por COVID 19, Ciedur, Social Watch y la Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, con el […]

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Invitación Videoconferencia “Lo que la pandemia nos dejó: transformaciones necesarias”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS FORTALECER LOS CUIDADOS Y LA SEGURIDAD SOCIAL APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Con el objetivo de fortalecer la incidencia política de la sociedad civil en favor de la protección social en América del Sur realizaremos un ciclo de conferencias con la participación […]

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Global People’s Assembly 2022

The Global People’s Assembly is a self organised space during the United Nations General Assembly high level with the aim of bringing the voices of the people to the forefront, at a time where decision makers engage in high level debate without people’s involvement. The 2022 Global People’s Assembly took place online from Tuesday 20th […]

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Webinar Invitation: Work Bank, IMF and Universal Social Protection following COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and the Unclear

The webinar the “Work Bank, IMF and Universal Social Protection following COVID-19: The Good, the Bad and the Unclear” will take place on 20 October at 14:00 GMT+1. Register here Speakers Lena Simet, Senior Researcher on Poverty and Inequality, Human Rights Watch Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director, African Platform for Social Protection Daisy Sibun, Social Policy Officer, Development […]

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Webinar “Progressive realisation: Building inclusive social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries using the principle of universality”

There is broad consensus that expansion of social protection is a necessary response to the global food and economic crises.

But an immediate reaction when universal social protection is proposed is often that “it is impossible, because it is too expensive!”

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Video de la Conferencia “Cuando el Estado falta a la cita: La (in)sostenibilidad de la vida”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS:“FORTALECER LOS CUIDADOS Y LA SEGURIDAD SOCIAL”APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Cuando el Estado falta a la cita: la (in)sostenibilidad de la vida La desprotección social en que vive la mayoría de la población mundial quedó visibilizada en el escenario de la pandemia […]

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Invitación videoconferencia “Cuando el Estado falta a la cita: La (in)sostenibilidad de la vida”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS FORTALECER LOS CUIDADOS Y LA SEGURIDAD SOCIAL APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Con el objetivo de fortalecer la incidencia política de la sociedad civil en favor de la protección social en América del Sur realizaremos un ciclo de conferencias con la participación […]

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Video de la Conferencia “Los cuidados comunitarios en tiempos de COVID-19”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS: APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Los cuidados comunitarios en tiempos de COVID 19 El ciclo de conferencias, organizado por Ciedur, Social Watch y la Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, con el apoyo de la Red de Género y Comercio, se enmarca […]

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Invitación videoconferencia “Los cuidados comunitarios en tiempos de COVID-19”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS: LA PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL DESDE LOS CUIDADOS APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Con el objetivo de fortalecer la incidencia política de la sociedad civil en favor de la protección social en América del Sur realizaremos un ciclo de conferencias con la participación de […]

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Video de la Conferencia “La protección Social desde los Cuidados”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS: APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. La protección social desde los cuidados En el contexto de la pandemia por COVID 19 quedó al desnudo la desprotección social en que se encuentra gran parte de la población en el mundo y América Latina no […]

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Invitación videoconferencia “La protección social desde los cuidados”

CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS: LA PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL DESDE LOS CUIDADOS APORTES A LA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE PROTECCIÓN SOCIAL EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR English version available below. Con el objetivo de fortalecer la incidencia política de la sociedad civil en favor de la protección social en América del Sur realizaremos un ciclo de conferencias con la participación de […]

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“Fortalecer los cuidados y la Seguridad Social en América del Sur”

English version available below. Nota Conceptual y Programa (Descargue versión pdf). La pandemia de COVID 19 puso de manifiesto las vulnerabilidades de nuestras sociedades en términos sanitarios como la falta de mecanismos de protección para que la población pudiera enfrentar la crisis económica y social que la pandemia trajo aparejada. En 2020, el 53,1% de […]

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“The Future is Public: Global Manifesto for Public Services”

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) endorses the “The Future is Public: Global Manifesto for Public Services”. The manifesto positions public services as the foundation of a fair and just society and of the social pact that implements the core values of solidarity, equality and human dignity. It advances a series of ten […]

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GCSPF e-Newsletter #60 - October 2021

Welcome to our Newsletter! Read here information about our activities.

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US letter for a Global Fund for Social Protection

The US Coalition of the GCSPF sent a letter and a briefing on “Expanding social protection: benefits for workers, businesses, and communities” to the US government to support the global fund at both the G7 and G20. LETTER Download pdf version May 7, 2021   Mr. Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser The White House 1600 […]

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Global Fund for Social Protection: Advocacy Letter to the G20

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors calls on the G20 to launch an initiative to establish a Global Fund for Social Protection. Read here the advocacy letter or donwload a pdf version. 9 February, 2021 In 2021, several important decisions will be taken at the international level as the world community strives to find […]

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GCSPF at the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development

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Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What’s next for social protection?”

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Data Protection is Social Protection

Social-protection programs are supposed to do just what the name implies: protect those segments of society that are most in need. Demanding that beneficiaries effectively renounce their rights to personal privacy and data protection, as many governments are doing, amounts to just the opposite. In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been […]

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100 Years of International Labour Organization, 100 Years of Commitment to Social Security

The ILO established the right to social security and today recommends Social Protection Floors. That move is crucial, says Ebenezer Durojaye. To celebrate 100 years of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors launched a statement outlining the path towards universal social protection for all. We talked to Ebenezer Durojaye […]

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Reporting on SPF implementation to UN Organizations: Opportunities for national platforms

During our last meeting of the core group of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) in Nairobi (15-17 January 2018) a number of national SPF platforms asked for more detailed information on how they can report on SPF implementation to international organizations1. There are three main international organizations or fora to which such […]

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Report on the panel on Social Protection as a Human Rights imperative

Report on the panel on social protection as a human rights imperative, held on 30 April , 2018 during the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), Nouakchott, Mauritania The organisers (the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and […]

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Strengthening Social Protection in Africa

The African Platform for Social Protection (APSP) has become an important player in the quest for better living conditions on the continent, with growing recognition and policy impact. Co-organiser of the January meeting of the core group of Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors held in Nairobi, Kenya (see ICSW January 2018 newsletter), the APSP […]

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Opportunities and challenges in implementing Social Protection Floors - Nairobi, January 2018

The meeting of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors was held in Nairobi, Kenya last January. The meeting of the core group of the Coalition "Opportunities and challenges in implementing Social Protection Floors", highlighted opportunities and challenges existing in the area of implementing social protection floors and charted the way forward for the activities […]

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The Role of Social Work in Social Protection Systems

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) adopted a policy on The Role of Social Work in Social Protection Systems. On this base they encourage their member associations in 126 countries worldwide to engaged as part of civil society in the national social dialogue, social policy, development, implementation, and monitoring of SPFs. Download the pdf […]

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Implementation of the social SDGs in Latin America

The research paper "Starting strong. Implementation of the social SDGs in Latin America" was commissioned as part of the series ‘Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. The paper identifies key actions toward addressing the unfinished business of the MDGs and how to reach those who are furthest behind in relation to the […]

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Supporting SPFs in Africa: partnerships for development

Members of the GCSPF participated in the ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All, Western and Central African tripartite and development partners networking meeting on implementing social protection floors in the 2030 Agenda that was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 23 to 25 May 2017. This workshop contributes to ILO’s efforts […]

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GCSPF contribution to the CESCR on Business activities and human rights

Members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors submitted comments on the draft General Comment of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Business activities and human rights. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland on February 2017. In the document the crucial role of business on decent work and the financing of […]

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Statement at the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors presented a statement at the fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. Here you can download the full version of the statement written by the Global Coalition for Social […]

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“Social Protection and Sustainable Development Goals: A Joint Agenda” – Buenos Aires, November 2-4, 2016

The meeting "Social Protection and Sustainable Development Goals: A Joint Agenda" brought together Core Group members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors and Latin American social protection experts for three days in Buenos Aires. The exchange with the experts over the first two days resulted in technical and methodological recommendations as to how […]

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Statement - 'End poverty in all its forms everywhere: Implement social protection by 2030'

The members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors are convinced that, with global and regional support that social protection floors must be implemented in particular at the  national and the local level. They must be implemented in all countries, in least ‐ developed and developing countries, in landlocked countries, in island countries, in […]

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Social Protection Monitoring Reports

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), The Africa Platform for Social Protection and SOLIDAR have published eight country reports with the result of their Social Protection Monitor in Africa and the Carribbean. The main question they tackle is, 'How to mainstream social protection in the European Development Fund's (EDF) National Inidcative Programmes (NIPs)? The Agenda 2030 as well […]

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Social Protection Floors– Perspectives, Demands, Aspirations of the South

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 […]

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Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors meets in New Delhi (27-29 January)

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, […]

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Technical Workshop on Inclusive Social Protection (6-7 July 2015, Geneva, Switzerland)

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) […]

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A Civil Society Guide for National Social Protection Floors: Get engaged

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has recently launched (April 2015) the Civil Society Guide for National Social Protection Floors (SPFs). The Guide aims at supporting civil society organizations to take over the concept of SPFs, to get a better understanding of their role and to give orientation for getting engaged in SPFs advocacy and monitoring work. The Guide comes at […]

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New Publication: Social Protection in Development Cooperation of the EU

Lately social protection has made quite a spectacular comeback to the international cooperation agenda. In particular the role of social protection plays in alleviating and preventing poverty as well as creating social and economic development has now been largely recognised by international agencies, donors, governments and civil society organisations. Based on the UN Social Protection […]

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Side-Event at Human Rights Council, 6 March 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland

How can social protection floors contribute to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights? And how can better understanding of the norms and principles of human rights improve the design of social protection floors? This side event aims to enhance awareness of and adherence to social security as a human right, and improve understanding […]

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Financing Social Protection: A National and International Responsibility

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural  Rights has elaborated the right to social protection’s normative content, as well as the core obligations governments have in respect of social protection. Furthermore, the ICESCR (International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) states that the full realisation of the rights recognised in its Covenant on ESCR […]

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