About the Social Protection Department


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the leading agency in promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. Since its creation in 1919, the ILO has actively promoted policies and provided assistance to countries to guarantee adequate levels of social protection to all members of society, essentially to lift people out of poverty and reduce vulnerabilities and inequality.

ILO’s core guiding principles have been agreed upon by the representatives from government, workers and employers of 187 ILO member States through the adoption of international labour standards (e.g.: Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102) and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

Through its Global Flagship Programme Building social protection floors for all, the ILO supported 50 countries and territories in building and strengthening their national social protection systems, achieving 56 institutional changes in 40 countries from January 2021 to December 2022.