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Social protection

Only 20 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage and more than half lack any coverage at all. The ILO actively promotes policies and provides assistance to countries to help extend adequate levels of social protection to all members of society. Social security involves access to health care and income security, particularly in cases of old age, unemployment, sickness, invalidity, work injury, maternity or loss of a main income earner. A “Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All” launched in 2003 builds on efforts already underway in more than 30 countries. These include projects to help countries extend coverage at the national level and to strengthen community-based social security organizations.

Key resources

  1. Report

    Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization

    Report of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group chaired by former President of Chile and Head of U.N. Women, Michelle Bachelet.

New ILO Labour standard

  1. Recommendation on the social protection floor

    The 101st Session of the ILO's International Labour Conference adopted a new international labour standard which calls for providing people with essential health care and benefits, as well as basic income security.

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  1. Why is social protection important to me?

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