Building Social Protection Systems: International Standards and Human Rights Systems

This compendium contains 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. These include the standards and conclusions adopted by the International Labour Organization (hereinafter referred to as ILO) in the field of social security and the main human rights instruments spelling out the right to social security adopted under the auspices of the United Nations.

The compendium is intended to serve as a reference for practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as a guidebook for the general public. Ultimately, it is hoped that it will contribute to a wider knowledge and use of these instruments, thereby strengthening their impact.

Part I describes these instruments and of their contents, as well as explaining their purpose and relevance for furthering social protection rights worldwide. Part II reproduces the contents of the above-mentioned instruments. For ease of reference, Annex I contains tables presenting the key requirements set out in ILO social security standards. A table presenting the status of ratifications of ILO social security Conventions is found in Annex II. Other relevant instruments including regional social security instruments, regional coordination instruments, and other relevant ILO standards covering specific categories of workers are listed in Annex III, while Annex IV provides a list of additional references.