Social Protection Department

The Social Protection Department provides ILO member States with tools and assistance to achieve and maintain the human right to social protection. Since its creation in 1919, the ILO has actively promoted policies and provided assistance to countries to supply adequate levels of social protection to all members of society guided by international social security standards adopted by its tripartite constituents, in particular its flagship Convention concerning Minimum standards of social security, 1952 (No. 102) and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)


  1. Conference on Universal Social Protection

    Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

    New York, 21 September 2016

    The World Bank Group and the ILO, together with other leading development agencies, met during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly to present the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection. 

  • Universal social protection is a human right and a State
    responsibility. As countries begin this pursuit of the Sustainable
    Development Goals, there is increased recognition that social
    protection is fundamental in reducing poverty and inequality, in
    improving human capital and productivity and in supporting
    growth and jobs. Social protection responds to many of the
    challenges that we face today.

    Guy Ryder,
    Director General of the
    International Labour Organization