Universal Child Grants (UCGs) are increasingly discussed as a policy instrument to achieve universal social protection and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. At present, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. This has negative short-term and long-term consequences, including on children’s longevity and quality of life as adults. Social protection has proven an effective instrument in addressing poverty. However, social protection coverage of children worldwide is low and highly uneven

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 UCGs. It aims to promote informed policy debate and decision-making with regards to cash transfers, social protection and the objectives of reducing child poverty and improving wider outcomes for children.

The conference is one component of a larger UNICEF and ODI-led project on UCGs. It will take place at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva (ILO, 4 Route des Morillons, CH-1211, Genève 22, Switzerland). The event is invitation only.

The event will be livestreamed and it is possible to watch the sessions through socialprotection.org. The livestream can be accessed in 4 Channels - English; French; Spanish; Russian. We will soon publish more information about it.

Check the livestream schedule:

 

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 6, 2019

10:00 – 11:00
(CET)
Keynote speeches
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11:30 – 13:00
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High-level panel
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14:30 – 16:00
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Parallel Session 1 - Thematic considerations
Session 1A: The right to social protection for children
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17:30 – 18:30
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Speed networking session (1) – UCG activity at the country level
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Day 2 - Thursday, February 7, 2019

09:15 – 10:00
(CET)
Pivotal debates on UCGs - roundtable discussion
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10:30 – 12:00
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Parallel session 2 - Thematic considerations
Session 2A: How do design features affect child poverty outcomes and child well-being?
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13:30 – 15:00
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Parallel Session 3 - Country regional experiences
Session 3A: High-income countries
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15:30 – 17:00
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Parallel Session 4 – Country regional experiences
Session 4C Europe and Central Asia
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Day 3 - Friday, February 8, 2019

09:00 – 10:30
(CET)
Parallel Session 5 - Thematic considerations
Session 5A: Political economy of UCGs
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11:00 - 12:00
(CET)
Plenary 3
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13:30 - 14:30
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Is it time for UCGs? And if so, how do we get there? – Roundtable discussion
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14:30 - 15:30
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High-level panel: Presenting the UCG outcome document - translating lessons into practice
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15:30 - 15:45
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Closure
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February 6-8, 2019
Geneva - Switzerland (CET)
Available languages: English | French | Spanish | Russian
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