News and features

April 2012

  1. Social Protection for Thailand’s Informal Economy Workers

    05 April 2012

    People working in the informal economy are vulnerable and often lack social protection. When natural disasters such as the 2011 flood in Thailand strike, they are frequently left without adequate support. But now the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations agencies are working with the Thai Government to change this and create a suitable social protection system. Alice Molinier and Kakkanang Ghettalae, ILO Social Protection Consultants, and Poonsap Tulaphan, Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion report.

March 2012

  1. ISSA and ILO sign “historic” co-operation agreement on social security

    22 March 2012

    The International Social Security Association and the ILO have forged a new link aimed at promoting extension of social security to the 80 percent of the world's people who lack coverage.

December 2011

  1. Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet presents report on Social Protection Floor to President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

    19 December 2011

    The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, received on 15 December from the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, the Portuguese version of the report "Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization". The report calls for the implementation of a social protection floor in order to stimulate economic growth and increase social cohesion in light of the economic crisis.

October 2011

  1. Quotes from international leaders in support of social protection systems for all

    26 October 2011

    International leaders including the presidents of Brazil and France welcomed the report issued on Thursday 27 October by the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group headed by UN women chief Michelle Bachelet. The report calls on the G20 leaders to consider an “action plan” for implementing social protection floors through existing and new financing mechanisms.

  2. Building a social protection floor in Mozambique

    10 October 2011

    Mozambique is a low-income country with high levels of poverty, informal and rural labour. Seriously affected by HIV and AIDS and exposed to climatic shocks and crises such as floods and droughts, the country’s institutions only have a limited capacity to deal with such shocks and offer social protection for the poor and vulnerable population. To address these challenges, an ILO technical cooperation project financed by Portugal works, together with other UN Agencies, to improve public policies and strengthen institutional capacity for the extension of social protection in Mozambique and other Portuguese-speaking African countries.

  3. Inequities in health care access in the European region

    06 October 2011

    The objective of providing universal health coverage is high on the agenda of countries in the broader European region, yet vulnerable groups often do not have full access to health services, according to Dr. Xenia Scheil-Adlung, Health Policy Coordinator at the ILO’s Social Security Department. ILO Online spoke to Dr. Scheil-Adlung, who has published a study looking at the situation in the region, which includes the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Central and Eastern Europe.

June 2011

  1. Discussions on social security for all get under way

    07 June 2011

    The 100th International Labour Conference has started discussions on ways to establish social security for all as a powerful and affordable tool to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate the impact of crises. Yet, only about 20 percent of the world’s working age population has access to comprehensive social security systems, according to a new conference report, entitled “Social Security for Social Justice and a fair Globalization”.

March 2011

  1. 2011 General Survey concerning social security instruments in light of the 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization

    09 March 2011

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations is publishing this year a General Survey on Social Security Instruments, which is the second General Survey linked to the follow-up of the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization adopted in 2008.

October 2010

  1. Social measures can help avoid a double-dip recession and underpin economic recovery worldwide

    29 October 2010

    ILO Decent Work Agenda and the Global Jobs Pact are consistent with a sustainable recovery, say experts at Brussels Forum

  2. APEC economies: inclusive growth and jobs based on the Global Jobs Pact

    29 October 2010

    APEC social security ministers endorse the ILO Global Jobs Pact as a solution to promote employment and economic growth.

June 2010

  1. Flyer for World Social Security Report 2010/11

    23 June 2010

September 2009

  1. Social security for all, the Brazilian way

    23 September 2009

    Brazil has been at the fore front of social security protection and promotion in Latin American over the past years. Its social protection programmes are widely regarded both for their scope and innovation. The Brazilian Deputy Minister for Social Security, Carlos Eduardo Gabas, was recently elected President of a Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Strategies for the Extension of Social Security Coverage at the ILO and discussed Brazil’s experience in this field with ILO On-line.

  2. Social protection for all: From large-scale poverty to decent societies

    02 September 2009

    The global recession has increased unemployment and poverty across the world. A new publication "Building decent societies", edited by Peter Townsend, makes the case for the development of comprehensive social security systems in all countries, notwithstanding their levels of wealth, as a measure towards alleviating desperate conditions of poverty, the reversing growing inequality and encouraging economic growth. ILO Online provides questions and answers on social security and our societies today.

July 2009

  1. Book Review:Building decent societies: Rethinking the role of social security in development

    31 July 2009

    The establishment of universal social security systems has been one of the cornerstones of OECD countries' successful economic and social development and has contributed to reducing poverty and fostering social inclusion in today's rich countries. It is increasingly recognized that universal social security systems have an enormous potential for low income countries which has not yet been sufficiently explored.

June 2009

  1. ILO/Brazil Annual Review meeting launches new South-South cooperation programme in social security and combating child labour

    17 June 2009

    Government of Brazil signs new Programme with the ILO for the promotion of South-South cooperation in Latin America and Caribbean, African and Asian countries in the field of social protection.

April 2009

  1. International symposium to discuss responses to the demographic challenges in the workplace

    27 April 2009

    The Bureau of Employers Activities of International Labour Organization (ILO) is to hold a seminar on 28-29 April to discuss how businesses are responding to the challenges of an ageing workforce and the measures needed to keep social security systems afloat.

December 2008

  1. Belgium continues partnership with ILO to extend social security and promote social dialogue

    15 December 2008

    On 9 December 2008, the Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, signed an agreement with the International Labour Office (ILO) for a new grant of €6 million and €2.4 respectively to extend social security to vulnerable populations and promote social dialogue in French-speaking Africa.

May 2008

  1. ILO Asia-Pacific meeting on extending social security opens

    19 May 2008

    The lack of a social security floor, and the social stability it can bring, puts at risk sustainable economic growth and development in Asia-Pacific and may compromise the positive effects of globalization, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  2. Asia-Pacific Countries to discuss extending social security coverage

    14 May 2008

    The International Labour Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, is hosting a high level tripartite Asia-Pacific meeting on Socially-Inclusive Strategies to Extend Social Security Coverage, in New Delhi. The two-day meeting, to be held at Vigyan Bhawan on 19-20 May 2008, will be opened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Government of India, Mr. Oscar Fernandes on Monday 19 May 2008 at 0930 hrs.