World leaders launch unprecedented effort for universal social protection worldwide

Signal of change / World leaders launch unprecedented effort for universal social protection worldwide

By Charlene Collison / 11 Oct 2017

This signal was originally written on 20 Sep 2016.

At the 2016 UN General Assembly, world leaders launched an unprecedented effort to roll out universal social protection in countries all around the world. Heads of state, the World Bank Group and International Labour Organization convened on Wednesday 21 September to inaugurate the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection, which aims to make pensions, maternity, disability and child benefits, among others, available to all persons, closing the gap for hundreds of millions currently unprotected worldwide.

A series of 23 case studies released at the event document how many countries have achieved universality, such as Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cabo Verde, China, Georgia, Kosovo, Lesotho, the Maldives, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago and Ukraine, all of which have gone from limited coverage to extend social protection guarantees to all.

So what?

This showcases evidence that universal social protection is feasible in developing countries. The Partnership seeks to capitalize on this knowledge and extend similar protections to uncovered populations as part of its efforts to implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. Universal social protection features prominently among the goals, which call for the swift implementation of "national social protection systems and measures for all, including floors."


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What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

Excellent! Thanks for sharing Charlene. "A consensus has emerged in the early 21st century that social protection is a fundamental development priority. Social protection is a key element of national strategies to promote human development, political stability and inclusive growth. This means universal social protection is necessary for all, not just as charitable support for the poor." More here - "Universal social protection is achievable and critical to implementing the new UN development agenda"
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