ILO-China seminar to explore ways to facilitate access to social protection for all

The seminar aims to provide a platform for the participating countries to share experience and discuss ways to address challenges in social protection provision.

Media advisory | 24 August 2016
BEIJING (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) will jointly host a high-level seminar with China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), to explore approaches to strengthening South-South cooperation and achieving social protection floors especially in Southeast Asian Nations.

Today nearly 73 per cent of the world’s population lack access to adequate social protection coverage. Social protection contributes to achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially on ending poverty, ensuring healthy lives, gender equality, promoting decent work and reducing inequality. The ILO is committed to assisting countries to provide better access to social protection to 130 million people in the next five years and 500 million by the end of 2030.

China has rapidly expanded social security coverage in the last decade and is committed to achieving universal basic social security coverage by 2020. China’s experience and knowledge in building social protection floors are relevant and valuable for developing countries. But at the same time, China like other participating countries at the seminar face great challenges in addressing issues such as providing affordable quality healthcare and adequate old-age pensions.

The three-day seminar will provide a platform for countries to exchange knowledge and experiences on social protection and build and reform their social protection policies and strategies in line with international labour standards.

The main topics include:
• Universal social protection to achieve Sustainable Development Goals through South-South Cooperation.
• Experiences and success factors from participating countries in building social protection floors for all and reforming social protection systems.
• How to create a broad engagement for universal social protection floors, involving the governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, the civil society, the business community and development partners.

Mr Kong Changsheng, Vice-Minister of MOHRSS and Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General will attend the opening ceremony. Other participants include social protection officials, researchers, stakeholders from China, ASEAN countries, Latin America, South Asia and development partners from advanced economies.

Time: 6-8 September 2016 (Opening ceremony starts at 2pm on 6 September)
Venue: Yuyang Hotel, Beijing.

The seminar will be conducted in Chinese and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. The seminar is open to the interested media. For media inquiries and interview arrangement, please contact:

Wei Xiangnan, Communications Consultant
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