OPEN TO THE MEDIA - ALL DAY EVENT
High Level Conference - Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030
5th February 2019
International Labour Organisation (ILO) - 4 route des Morillons, CH-1211 Genève 22, Switzerland
Universal social protection (USP) is key to sustained inclusive economic and social development. Yet 55 per cent of the global population is still excluded from social protection. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 1.3), all UN Member States have committed to “implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable”. Now is the time to move toward this universal social protection goal.
Social protection prevents poverty, reduces inequality, promotes social inclusion and strengthens social cohesion. It also facilitates human development and enhances access to decent working and living conditions. The ‘Together to Achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030’ conference will bring together ministers, policy makers and civil society to discuss the achievements and challenges of building universal social protection systems and ensuring sustainable and equitable finance for social protection.
The meeting will be an opportunity to hear what countries need from development partners to join the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (USP2030) and to encourage countries in the Global South to adopt the USP2030 Call to Action.
‒ Ms Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
‒ Ms Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Development, European Commission (EC)
‒ Ms Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
‒ Ms Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
‒ Mr Michal Rutkowski, Senior Director, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank
‒ Ms Susan Shabangu, Minister of Social Development, South Africa
‒ Mr Mohamed Trabelsi, Minister of Social Affairs, Tunisia
‒ Mr Pungky Sumadi, Deputy Minister for Population and Labor, Indonesia
The conference is organised by USP2030 and the EU Social Protection Systems Initiative, in co-operation with the OECD Development Centre and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.
Further information, including a full agenda, is available on the conference website.
The event will be livestreamed.
To register attendance and/or submit interview requests journalists should contact Bochra Kriout in the OECD Development Centre Media Office (+33 1 45 24 82 96) or the ILO Press Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (USP2030), launched in 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, co-chaired by the World Bank and the ILO, brings together the African Union, FAO, the European Commission, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), Helpage, IADB, ITUC, OECD, Save the Children, UNDP-IPC, UNICEF, along with Belgian, Finnish, French and German cooperation; others continue to join as the partnership is expanding.