Social protection

Only 27 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage and more than half lack any coverage at all. The ILO actively promotes policies and provides assistance to countries to help extend adequate levels of social protection to all members of society. Social security involves access to health care and income security, particularly in cases of old age, unemployment, sickness, invalidity, work injury, maternity or loss of a main income earner.

The “Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All” builds on efforts already underway in more than 30 countries. These include projects to help countries extend coverage at the national level and to strengthen community-based social security organizations.


  1. Conference on universal social protection

    Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection

    New-York, 21 September

    The World Bank Group and the ILO, together with other leading development agencies, will meet during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly to present the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection. The event will bring together heads of government, diplomats and experts to showcase evidence from more than 20 countries that have achieved universal social protection coverage, and will present the diverse approaches available to make universal social protection an achievable objective as part of every Member State’s plan to realize the SDGs.


  1. Opinion editorial on COVID-19 and unemployment protection

    Building comprehensive protection against unemployment

    18 September 2020

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Financing gaps in social protection

    17 September 2020

  3. Social protection

    ILO: Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

    17 September 2020

  4. World Patient Safety Day

    Safe health workers, safe patients

    17 September 2020

  5. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Financing gaps in social protection: Global estimates and strategies for developing countries in light of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    17 September 2020

  6. Policy Brief

    United Nations Comprehensive Response to COVID-19: Saving Lives, Protecting Societies, Recovering Better

    16 September 2020