Social Protection Sector

Effective social protection contributes to fair growth, social stability and enhanced productivity. With this in mind, the ILO has set out three main objectives reflecting the three major dimensions of social protection:

What's new

  1. World AIDS Day Event - Wednesday 28 November 2012 - Begins at 13:30 at ILO Headquarters

    28 November 2012

    UN Heads of Agencies to launch the “Getting to Zero at work” campaign.

  2. New ILO Recommendation calls for Social Protection Floor for all

    Landmark Recommendation aims at extending essential health care and basic income security to millions of people around the globe.

    15 June 2012

    The ILO adopted a landmark recommendation aiming at extending essential health care and basic income security to millions of people around the globe

  3. 101st Session of the ILC

    The Social Protection Stand during the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference

    Please visit the Social Protection Sector stands, in the Salle des pas perdus at the Palais des Nations, in the ILO building on level R3 south (in front of the Governing Body room) and in the information and documentation Centre in room 8-139 of the ILO building

  4. ILO head says social protection is key for crisis-recovery

    09 May 2012

    The head of the ILO says social protection measures are essential in battling the economic crisis as they create demand, while austerity, on the other hand, is taking a heavy toll.

  5. World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012 : Promoting Safety and Health in green economy

    28 April 2012

    The 2012 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the promotion of occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in a green economy. There is a shift in the world to a greener and  more sustainable economy. However, even if certain jobs are considered to be "green", the technologies used may protect the environment  but not be safe at all.

  6. Maternity Protection Resource Package. From Aspiration to Reality for All

    13 March 2012

    The Maternity Protection Resource Package provides inspiration and tools to help organizations and individuals everywhere to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity. The Package can be used as a reference for self-learning, training, policy advice, research and action by governments, trade unions, employers' organizations, ILO and UN officials, NGOs, researchers and practitioners. Numerous examples of actions in improving maternity protection at work around the world are highlighted throughout the Package, for guidance and inspiration. The message of the Package is that maternity protection at work for all is both possible and desirable, as it contributes to equitable economic growth, social cohesion and Decent Work for all women and men.

  7. World AIDS Day 2011

    30 November 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

    The theme of World AIDS Day this year is "Getting to Zero" referring to the “Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS Related Deaths” objectives of the UNAIDS strategy for 2011-2015. The ILO has developed six posters to highlight the contribution of the workplace to "Getting to Zero".

  8. Faith’s story: living with HIV in rural Tanzania

    28 March 2011

    "I learnt that you need money or a business to generate enough income to be able to travel to town for regular check-ups and to collect antiretroviral drugs. We do not have these services at our village dispensary.” These are the words of Faith who is 61 years old and one of the estimated 730,000 women living with HIV in Tanzania...

  9. I-News

    New UN report says rural women face increasing inequality: Calls for policies enabling women to drive rural economic growth and poverty reduction

    21 January 2011

    A new United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work says women still benefit less than men from rural employment and face new challenges due to the current economic and food crises.

  10. First ILO World Social Security Report

    Social security plays critical role in times of crisis, but still eludes much of the world

    16 November 2010

    A new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) says that while social security measures have played a critical role in reducing the social impact of economic crises both now and in the past, basic social security coverage remains out of reach for most of the world, especially in low-income countries.