Today, only 20% of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage, and more than half lack any coverage at all. The implementation of national floors of social protection is a comprehensive, concrete and practical strategy to end poverty, fight inequality, and promote decent work and equitable growth. Social protection is a human right and all people should be guaranteed at least a basic social protection floor.
To support Countries set up and develop national social protection floors, the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, and on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, have proposed to set up a Global Fund for Social Protection.
A short video, produced by SOLIDAR - together with the Friedrich–Ebert-Stiftung, the Global Network and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors – guides you through this new Global Fund, with Olivier de Schutter explaining why we need the Fund and how it would work.
In June 2012, the ILO Recommendation No. 202 concerning national floors of social protection was unanimously adopted by the global community. Through it, governments have committed to ensure universal access to healthcare and income security for children, adults without other forms of livelihood and people in retirement.
With the Millennium Development Goals expiring in 2015, the UN is in the middle of the process of elaborating the post-2015 development framework that will replace them. In this context, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors is demanding that the post-2015 development framework includes a specific objective on national social protection floors, including the four social security guarantees formulated in ILO Recommendation No.202.