Training session

ILO/UNITAR Seminar Series on Advancing Social Protection Floors: Module III

Experts from Cambodia, Mozambique and elsewhere share concrete successful experiences in implementing sustainable social protection floors.

Time:  10:00am - 6:00pm
Venue:  UN Heaquarters, Conference Room D (Conference Building)
Location:  New York

This third and final instalment in the ILO-UNITAR training series on advancing Social Protection Floors (SPFs) focused on the real-world implementation and sustainment of national SPFs. It highlighted the individual and diverse experience of countries that have undertaken efforts to implement components of SPFs, and included testimony from the very experts whose work led to their realization.


Valérie Schmitt
Social Security Specialist, ILO
Supporting the implementation of sustainable social protection floors in East and South-East Asia

Elsa Alfai
Social Policy Advisor of the Minister of Women and Social Affairs, Mozambique
The SPF Experience in Mozambique

Nuno Cunha
STEP (Strategies and Tools against Social Exclusion and Poverty)
Project Coordinator for Mozambique
The role of the UN in supporting the development of a National Social Protection Floor in Mozambique<

H.E. Mr. Vathana Sann
Deputy Secretary‐General, Council for Agricultural and Rural Development, Cambodia
Linking Implementation of a Social Protection Strategy to Employment Services


There is a broad range of experience to be learned from countries with differing levels of industrialization, development and social protection policies. It will present the ways in which some countries are succeeding to reach the most vulnerable and help realize the right to social protection, while building sustainable systems designed to weather an uncertain economic and financial future.

Access to adequate social protection is recognized by the international community as a human and social right. It is also widely considered to be instrumental in promoting social inclusion on a broad scale, and to be conducive to and indispensable for fair growth, social cohesion and economic performance, contributing to competitiveness.

However, today, only 20 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage, and more than half lack any coverage at all. The situation reflects levels of economic development, with fewer than 10 per cent of workers in least‐developed countries covered by social security. In middle‐income countries, coverage ranges from 20 to 60 per cent, while in most industrial nations, it is close to 100 per cent. Social protection floors are nationally‐defined sets of basic social security guarantees which secure protection aimed at preventing or alleviating poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion, in particular with regard to access to essential health care and basic income security throughout the life course.