News and features

December 2012

  1. Cape Verde: National Institute of Social Security promotes workshop on strengthening Social Protection

    13 December 2012

    The National Institute of Social Security (INPS) of Cape Verde organized, with the support of the International Labour Organization, a workshop on 10-11 December 2012 to discuss with social partners the strengthening of social security in the country. Several issues were under discussion, namely the ratification of the ILO Convention nº 102, the legal and management framework of INPS investments and the control of payments and debt collection.

  2. Report Launch: Social Protection Assessment Based National Dialogue: Towards a Nationally Defined Social Protection Floor in Indonesia

    13 December 2012

    On December 6th the ILO-Jakarta and the Indonesian Ministry of Planning, Bappenas, jointly launched the report “Social Protection Assessment Based National Dialogue: Towards a Nationally Defined Social Protection Floor in Indonesia”

  3. ILO/Korea Fellowship training on strengthening social protection in Asia: Learning from Korean experience on Employment Insurance (EI) and Employment Injury Insurance (EII)

    12 December 2012

    The ILO/Korea fellowship training on employment insurance and employment injury insurance has been held from 25 October to 2 November 2012 in Seoul, South Korea.

  4. Report launch: Social protection assessment based national dialogue: Towards a nationally defined social protection floor in Indonesia

    06 December 2012

    On December 6th the ILO-Jakarta and the Indonesian Ministry of Planning, Bappenas, jointly launched the report “Social Protection Assessment Based National Dialogue: Towards a Nationally Defined Social Protection Floor in Indonesia”.

November 2012

  1. Beyond the MDGs: It’s all about jobs and livelihoods

    18 November 2012

    As the debate on the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda gathers pace, the ILO says the most pressing priorities are job creation and social protection.

  2. More than 70 per cent of workers lack unemployment protection

    14 November 2012

    The recent global economic crisis has served as a stark reminder of why unemployment insurance matters. But the reality is that fewer than half of almost 200 countries monitored by the ILO offer such protection.

  3. Can China get old and rich at the same time?

    07 November 2012

    China has already done a lot to adapt labour markets and social protection systems to an ageing society. But it will have to do more to balance its economic and social needs.

September 2012

  1. China’s latest revolution: Basic health care for all

    03 September 2012

    On 6 April 2009, China unveiled an action plan for a radical and ambitious health-care reform aimed at attaining universal health insurance coverage by 2020. Three years later, the country has almost reached this goal. What’s the secret behind the success?

June 2012

  1. New ILO Recommendation calls for Social Protection Floor for all

    14 June 2012

    Landmark Recommendation aims at extending essential health care and basic income security to millions of people around the globe.

  2. Social protection expands despite crisis, ILO-World Bank report says

    07 June 2012

    A new ILO-World Bank report and online data tool shows that social protection systems expanded in many parts of the world between 2008 and 2010.

  3. Why we need a Recommendation on social protection floors

    04 June 2012

    The International Labour Conference (ILC) is expected to vote on a Recommendation for social protection floors. Michael Cichon, Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department, explains why we need this international labour standard.

  4. Cape Verde: How social protection can help the elderly

    04 June 2012

    The International Labour Conference is considering adoption of a Recommendation on Social Protection Floors. The ILO is convinced every country can move towards social security for all, and cites the example of impoverished Cape Verde.

May 2012

  1. How to beat a crisis: Interview with Argentinean Vice President

    17 May 2012

    In 2001 Argentina defaulted on its debt and ended the parity of its currency with the US dollar. The South American country plunged deeper into crisis, but within months economic growth set in. We asked Argentine Vice President Mr Amado Boudou if Eurozone countries can learn from Argentina how to beat the crisis.

  2. Can Europe still afford health and long-term care for its elderly?

    11 May 2012

    Ageing is a slow-burning fuse with a strong impact both on public expenditures and the social mood, as shown by this week’s strike in the UK over pensions. The situation is particularly serious in terms of health and long-term care. Even more alarming is the financial burden on households looking after the elderly. Interview with Ms. Xenia Scheil-Adlung, Health Policy Coordinator at the ILO.

April 2012

  1. Microinsurance coverage expanding at breathtaking pace according to ILO and the Munich Re Foundation

    10 April 2012

    The number of people covered by microinsurance has increased by almost 6.5 times in five years, reaching nearly 500 million today according to the latest ILO/Munich Re Foundation survey.

  2. Social Protection for Thailand’s Informal Economy Workers

    05 April 2012

    People working in the informal economy are vulnerable and often lack social protection. When natural disasters such as the 2011 flood in Thailand strike, they are frequently left without adequate support. But now the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations agencies are working with the Thai Government to change this and create a suitable social protection system. Alice Molinier and Kakkanang Ghettalae, ILO Social Protection Consultants, and Poonsap Tulaphan, Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion report.

March 2012

  1. ISSA and ILO sign “historic” co-operation agreement on social security

    22 March 2012

    The International Social Security Association and the ILO have forged a new link aimed at promoting extension of social security to the 80 percent of the world's people who lack coverage.

December 2011

  1. Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet presents report on Social Protection Floor to President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

    19 December 2011

    The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, received on 15 December from the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, the Portuguese version of the report "Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization". The report calls for the implementation of a social protection floor in order to stimulate economic growth and increase social cohesion in light of the economic crisis.

October 2011

  1. Quotes from international leaders in support of social protection systems for all

    26 October 2011

    International leaders including the presidents of Brazil and France welcomed the report issued on Thursday 27 October by the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group headed by UN women chief Michelle Bachelet. The report calls on the G20 leaders to consider an “action plan” for implementing social protection floors through existing and new financing mechanisms.

  2. Building a social protection floor in Mozambique

    10 October 2011

    Mozambique is a low-income country with high levels of poverty, informal and rural labour. Seriously affected by HIV and AIDS and exposed to climatic shocks and crises such as floods and droughts, the country’s institutions only have a limited capacity to deal with such shocks and offer social protection for the poor and vulnerable population. To address these challenges, an ILO technical cooperation project financed by Portugal works, together with other UN Agencies, to improve public policies and strengthen institutional capacity for the extension of social protection in Mozambique and other Portuguese-speaking African countries.