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. Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    Leading multinationals highlight importance of social protection

    Geneva, 24 October 2017

    Representatives of more than a dozen multinational enterprises met in Geneva to highlight the importance of investment in social protection floors for growth in emerging markets.

  2. 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. 


  1. Learning package on social protection

    Launch of TRANSFORM Social Protection learning package in Tanzania

    05 April 2017

    The Leadership and Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa was rolled out on 27 March 2017 at the ILO Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  2. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 52

    Social protection systems in Latin America: An assessment

    08 December 2016

  3. Health economy

    Globally millions of jobs are needed to ensure essential health care

    09 December 2016

  4. Social protection in disasters

    ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters

    22 Nov. 2016

  5. Extending social protection

    Timor-Leste to develop its National Social Protection Strategy

    24 October 2016

  6. South-South Conference

    ILO-China-ASEAN High Level Seminar to achieve the SDG's on Universal Social Protection through South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    6-9 September 2016

  • 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