In his opening statement, Dai Xiaochu, Deputy Director of the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia, recalled that despite existing gaps, remarkable progress have been made in extending social protection over the last 100 years. “Social protection is a central element in the fight against poverty, this is why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) call upon all countries, regardless of their level of development, to intensify their efforts and achieve universal coverage by 2030”, he said.
Social protection is a key driver of social justice and the best way to celebrate the ILO’s 100th anniversary is to stick to its core values: social justice and decent work for all."Zheng Gongcheng, President of the China Association of Social Security
Jin Weigang, President of the China Academy of Labour and Social Security Studies, an institution attached to the Ministry of Human Resources of Social Security, reviewed China’s achievements, experiences and lessons learnt in social security development, stressing that the current multi-tier system aims at achieving universal basic protection. Remarkably, it took China only a few decades to achieve universal health care and in 2017, as many as 900 million people were covered by the old-age pension schemes.
The forum was an opportunity to look at current policies and anticipate the ones that will be needed in the future to respond to new developments such as demographic shifts and a changing world of work. Intense discussions focused on the social protection of workers in the digital economy and in new and non-standard forms of work, a topic of particular relevance in the Chinese context. As new global challenges emerge, participants underlined the indispensable role of the ILO in global social governance.
More on the ILO 100 year anniversary: https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/100/lang--en/index.htm