Side event to the 2013 Special Event on Follow-up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the MDGs

Tackling Inequalities Beyond 2015 through Social Protection

A ministerial panel to discuss social protection policies to address inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations.


Time:  Thursday, 26 September - 10:00am - 11:45am
Venue:  UN Headquarters, Room 9 (CB)
Location:  New York

Speakers will include:
H.E. Mr Jean-Pascal Labille, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium
Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director General
Mr Romulo Paes, Director, Rio+ World Centre for Sustainable Development
Social protection policies have proven to be effective measures to accelerate the achievements of the MDGs, address poverty and inequalities and to boost sustainable development. Well-designed social protection floors can have a transformative role in contributing to long-term inclusive growth while also enhancing resilience against economic and social crises.

Today, only one in five people in the world is covered by adequate social protection systems. The lack of social protection will remain a major challenge beyond 2015, compounded by instability and cyclical fluctuations in the global economy, as well as structural changes—demographic trends, labour markets, climate change, and the transition to a more environmentally friendly development path. The failure to address the social protection gaps could worsen inequalities and have a negative impact on the social and political conditions conducive to economic growth. This event will showcase innovative approaches to tackle inequalities and promote inclusive growth through effective and sustainable social protection policies.