A five-day conference kicked off today in Belize City. Policy makers are attempting to strengthen what is in place to eliminate poverty among the various pockets of the vulnerable populations. Issues of healthcare, income security for children, the elderly or the disabled are also on the table.On the first day, social protection registries and an improvement on deliverables were the focus. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.
Social protection floor (SPF) gives everyone access to basic social rights, services and facilities. and is even more urgent during times of economic crisis. The United Nations, led by the ILO and the WHO, has launched a global initiative to promote social protection for all. Individual countries are already taking the steps to make it happen, and are proving it can work, even in tough economic times.
Governments in low- and middle-income countries are increasingly investing in social protection, and also address many of their own people's 'humanitarian' needs themselves. For their international partners, who may have an important role in filling gaps when household needs exceed national capacity to meet them, support for the strengthening of national systems - combined with a shift from short-run to more durable approaches - is becoming a unifying framework for assistance.
The initiative to draft a Global Charter for Social Protection Rights emerged at the AEPF (Asia-Europe People’s Forum) at Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, in July 2016. The aim is to use these texts – a full text and its synthesis – for a campaign to strengthen the already existing initiatives of the ILO’s Social Protection Floor and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The EU-funded project Research, Network & Support Facility (RNSF) organises #InformalTalks, a series of webinars dedicated to the Informal Economy, to disseminate the results of its research. The third #InformalTalks webinar is entitled "How to extend social protection to informal workers?" and will be held on October 4 at 11am (CET).