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July 2022

  1. Expand social protection coverage to limit the effects of the pandemic, say trade unions

    05 July 2022

    Trade union leaders and representatives from around the world agreed that extending social protection coverage and strengthening social protection systems is of highest priority. The fallout from the pandemic has underlined the need for governments to make social protection a reality for all.

June 2022

  1. ILO and Portugal sign cooperation agreement on Social Protection

    17 June 2022

    On Tuesday 14 June in the framework of a High-Level Conference organized by the ILO Office in Lisbon and the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal, the International Labour Organization has signed a cooperation agreement with the Strategic and Planning Office of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal to implement the Phase 3 of the ACTION/Portugal project on “Strengthening of Social Protection Systems in the PALOP and Timor-Leste".

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    Only six per cent of domestic workers have comprehensive social protection, says ILO

    16 June 2022

    Domestic workers make an important contribution to society, providing vital care for families and households, but they remain undervalued.

  3. ILO facilitates bipartite discussions on strengthening social security system

    03 June 2022

    Workers and employers from four provinces shared their perspectives on the direction of future social security schemes in a series of bipartite meetings.

May 2022

  1. Jordan and ILO sign agreement to support the extension of social security coverage and promote formalization

    24 May 2022

    The project will help extend social protection to Jordanian and non-Jordanian workers, including refugees, by subsidizing contributions and providing income support to promote their participation in the national social security system.

  2. Older people in Lebanon face desperate circumstances due to lack of basic social protection guarantees

    24 May 2022

    A new report by HelpAge International and the ILO draws on the testimonials of older people who convey the severe hardships they face because of the lack of an adequate social protection system in Lebanon.

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    ILO/UNICEF: Social protection contributes to reducing child labour

    18 May 2022

    A new ILO-UNICEF report calls for the closing of the social protection coverage gap that means 1.5 billion children are still unsupported by family or child cash benefits.

March 2022

  1. ILO-ISSA Webinar on Extending Social Protection for Migrant Workers, Refugees and their Families – Guide for policymakers and practitioners

    15 March 2022

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) brought together more than 850 practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and the international community from over 130 countries to present the Guide on Extending Social Protection to Migrant Workers, Refugees, and their Families and country practices from Argentina, Morocco and Portugal.

  2. Global virtual conference on social protection and people with disabilities

    14 March 2022

    Participants will examine country case studies and ways for social protection systems to facilitate inclusion for people with disabilities.

February 2022

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    Reform needed for Thailand’s pension system, not new schemes

    11 February 2022

    The current Thai retirement pension scheme should be strengthened and any move to introduce new schemes or allow lump sum withdrawals avoided, according to a review of the system by the United Nations.

January 2022

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    Government intervention is needed for the compliance of maternity rights

    06 January 2022

    Many women workers unwillingly hide their pregnancies out of fear losing their jobs. The ILO discussion highlights the urgency of incorporating maternity rights into Indonesia’s social security system.

December 2021

  1. Joint UN-Uzbekistan Achievements in Strengthening the Social Protection System Discussed

    17 December 2021

    TASHKENT, 17 December 2021, – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a meeting for national and international development partners to discuss the achievements of the UN Joint Programme on Strengthening Social Protection in Uzbekistan and to foster actions for social protection strengthening in the context of the ongoing reforms and COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. 1.6 billion across Asia and the Pacific lack access to social health protection

    10 December 2021

    Ground-breaking new report on the extension of social health protection in Asia and the Pacific highlights shortfalls of existing schemes and need for wider access to health care services.

November 2021

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    ILO reaches ratification target for landmark social security Convention

    08 November 2021

    Paraguay has become the 60th country to ratify the flagship ILO social security Convention, No.102, reaching a target set in 2012 by the ILO’s Governing Body.

  2. Armenia: ILO social security standards as a guiding framework to implement the human right to social security

    02 November 2021

    On 2 November, representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia participated in a tripartite meeting to discuss ILO social security standards as a guiding framework to implement the human right to social security.

October 2021

  1. 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

    The ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All (SPF Flagship Programme) officially launched its second phase (2021 -2025) at its annual Development Partners meeting on 7 October 2021, announcing an extension of support to 50 focus countries and territories in advancing towards universal social protection.

September 2021

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    UN Secretary-General calls for accelerated action on jobs and social protection

    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.

  2. Timor-Leste develops a National Strategy for Social Protection

    03 September 2021

    The government of Timor-Leste, with support from the ILO, continues to strengthen its social protection by developing a National Strategy for Social Protection to reduce poverty and social vulnerability.

  3. ILO facilitates stakeholders learning on social protection

    02 September 2021

    To enhance knowledge of stakeholders and partners on social protection and corresponding policy issues, ILO initiates a series of lectures inviting national and international experts to share their insights and expertise.

July 2021

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    Indonesia to prepare integrated public employment service to assist unemployed finds new job

    22 July 2021

    While cash benefit provides necessary support to maintain livelihood in between jobs, skills training and job search assistant are meaningful to help unemployed gets a new job.