Joint ILO-UNICEF report
The role of social protection in the elimination of child labour: Evidence review and policy implications
18 May 2022
This new ILO-UNICEF report provides a rigorous review of what the latest research says about the power of social protection to combat child labour. Providing families with direct assistance to help them weather crises can help reduce negative coping strategies like child labour and child marriage.
UN collaboration on social protection: Reaching consensus on how to accelerate social protection systems-building
05 May 2022
The objective of this publication is to work towards a consensus among UN agencies on how best to support countries to achieve progress towards universal social protection in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Extending social health protection: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific
07 November 2021
This report documents and analyses country experiences and lessons on the extension of social health protection coverage in the Asia and the Pacific region. It provides a detailed account of progress made, challenges encountered and remaining coverage gaps, and explores their root causes.
Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners
8 November 2021
Social security is a basic human right. Yet, 4.1 billion people worldwide have no access to social protection including healthcare. This new ILO global Guide provides an overview of policy options and country practices to extend social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families.
ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All launches its second phase, extending support to 50 focus countries and aiming to improve the lives of 60 million people
07 October 2021
UN General Assembly
Press release | 28 September 2021
Deeply diverging recoveries threaten to undermine trust and solidarity and make the world more vulnerable to future crises, including climate change. In response the UN and ILO have established a ‘Global Accelerator’ to help ensure global financing to create 400 million jobs and extend social protection to 4 billion people currently without coverage.
World Social Protection Report 2020-22
News | 01 September 2021
GENEVA (ILO News) – Despite the unprecedented worldwide expansion of social protection during the COVID-19 crisis, more than 4 billion people around the world remain entirely unprotected, a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report says.
109th International Labour Conference
COVID-19 and social protection among key debates as June session of virtual International Labour Conference ends
Press release | 19 June 2021
A discussion on Social Protection focused on the impact of COVID-19 and on the rapid changes occurring in the world of work. Delegates adopted conclusions that outlined a framework for urgent action towards universal, adequate, comprehensive and sustainable social protection systems that are adapted to developments in the world of work.
16 April 2021
ILC 2021. A recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of social protection (social security), under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, 2008
19 May 2019
A selection of the most relevant international instruments that establish the human right to social security and provide guidance for comprehensive social security systems at national level.
The ILO has joined the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (SDG3 GAP), becoming the 13th signatory agency to the partnership.
10 February 2021 - Online - 8:30 - 9:45 am EST
Side event during the 59th session of the Commission for Social Development. Organized by the Government of Switzerland, in collaboration with the ILO and partners of Universal Social Protection 2030.
The Government of Belgium and the ILO will support the strengthening and extension of national social protection systems in Burkina Faso and Senegal to increase coverage of informal economy workers and their families, facilitate their access to health care and enable them to face the challenges of tomorrow.
Press release | Geneva | 11 December 2020
Fourth meeting of the Social Protection, Freedom and Justice for Workers Network: COVID-19 crisis, a wake-up call on social protection for workers
Workers’ Organizations exchange experiences and discuss trade union advocacy strategies for strengthening social protection systems.
Joint press release | 01 December 2020
The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, the ILO and UNICEF join forces to expand social protection for all through sustainable financing
Infopoint virtual conference | 01 December 2020
A conference will mark the launch of a new thematic flagship programme, implemented by the European Union, in partnership with the ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.
Joint Op-Ed | 26 October 2020
Building back better from the pandemic so that we have greater resilience against future crises’ requires international solidarity and better social protection for all, that covers the poorest and most marginalized as well as those who currently have resources to pay.
News | 17 September 2020
Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study.
Press release | 08 September 2020
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is giving €14.5 million to an International Labour Organization (ILO) multi-donor programme to help garment sector workers in seven countries who have been affected by COVID-19.
Video message | 15 July 2020
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder delivers a message to the UNDP High Level Political Forum event on COVID-19 and social protection. Social protection is a vital part of the pandemic response. Yet the majority of people around the world don't have access. Building back better means achieving social protection for all.
Comment | 16 July 2020
Putting equality and environmental sustainability at the centre of the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Press release | 14 May 2020
Strengthened and comprehensive social protection systems will lessen the impact of crises such as COVID-19.
Press release | 24 April 2020
Countries with effective health and social protection systems are better prepared to respond to the pandemic.
News | 26 March 2020
Governments must use the momentum created by the COVID-19 pandemic to make rapid progress toward collectively financed, comprehensive, and permanent social-protection systems.
News | 04 December 2019
Making social protection fit for the future
At an Infopoint organized by the European Commission, Valérie Schmitt, Deputy Director of ILO’s Social Protection Department, welcomed the new EU-funded flagship programme which aims to increase social protection coverage in eight priority countries. Read more >
News | 25 November 2019
More than 500 billion dollars a year needed to ensure basic levels of social protection worldwide
A new ILO report highlights critical financing gaps in social protection and provides policy recommendations on how these gaps could be closed. Read more >
ILO Centenary Event | 25-28 November 2019
Global Social Protection Week: Achieving SDG 1.3 and Universal Social Protection in the context of the Future of Work
This event will chart the way towards achieving universal social protection for all. It will provide a roadmap for the future of social protection within the framework of the recently adopted ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work .
News | 04 November 2019
Belgian stakeholders reflect on Universal Social Protection by 2030
Veronika Wodsak from the ILO’s Social Protection Department adressed a conference on Universal Social Protection by 2030 (USP 2030), organized by the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, the Belgian Ministry of Social Affairs, Belgian social partners and World Solidarity. Read more >
Conference paper. Report III (Part B) - General Survey concerning the Social Protection Floors
Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)
04 March 2019
Social Protection for Children
06 - 08 February 2019
This conference, convened by UNICEF, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), brings together national governments and policy practitioners, researchers and the international community to explore the arguments and the evidence emerging from the implementation of alternative cash transfer schemes and their implications for Universal Child Grants.
Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection (USP2030)
06 February 2019
To end poverty, ensure social protection for all and make good on international commitments made in 2015, countries around the world have been urged at a ministerial-level conference at the International Labour Organization to take five actions towards universal social protection.
Flagship Programme on Social Protection
25 October 2018
Two UN agency heads have signed a call for action for countries to expand social security and assistance to more than four billion people currently without protection.
Universal social protection is a human right and a State responsibility. As countries begin this pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increased recognition that social protection is fundamental in reducing poverty and inequality, in improving human capital and productivity and in supporting growth and jobs. Social protection responds to many of the challenges that we face today.Guy Ryder,
Director General of the
International Labour Organization