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Launch of the Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All

The Philadelphia Declaration (1944) and a number of >international labour standards drawn up by ILO – in particular the Social Security (Minimum Standard) Convention, 1952 (No. 102) – recognize that access to an adequate level of social protection is a fundamental right of all individuals. However, in many countries the reality is still far from the principles set out in the Philadelphia Declaration: “The Conference recognizes the solemn obligation of the International Labour Organization to further among the nations of the world programmes which will achieve […] the extension of social security measures to provide a basic income to all in need of such protection and comprehensive medical care”.

Indeed, at present over half the world′s population still does not benefit from official social protection. In the face of this alarming fact, ILO mobilized to enable its members to extend social protection to all sectors of society and to improve the working conditions and security of workers. This voluntarist policy spawned the Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All.

In June 2001, at the 89th Session of the International Labour Conference, the employers′ and workers′ organizations and the governments asked ILO to launch a global campaign on social security and coverage for all. The campaign was officially launched in 2003 and has four main objectives:

  • to launch a far-reaching campaign to promote the expansion of social security coverage;
  • to negotiate with governments with a view to moving social security up the ladder of priorities and to providing technical assistance in appropriate cases;
  • to advise the governments and the social partners on the formulation of national social security policy and the means of implementing it;
  • to collect and disseminate best practices in this field.

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    ILO and today's global challenges (Part 2: 1999-)
    1. 1999
    2. 2000
    3. 2001
    4. 2002
    5. 2003
    6. 2006
    7. 2008
  2. 1919-1939
  3. 1940-1945
  4. 1946-1959
  5. 1960-1988
  6. 1989-1998

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