Small stand operated by a handicapped person. Photo by Crozet M. ILOFollowing the 2019 joint statement on inclusive social protection systems, International Labour Organization, UNICEF and IDA initiated a process with support from UNPRPD funding has to develop technical resource, guidance and training to support efforts of stakeholders in making social protection more supportive to inclusion of persons with disabilities.

This led, among other activities, to a series of webinars with social-protection.org, publication of background papers a certificate course with the Bonn Rhein Sieg University of Applied Sciences and a 2022 global conference on disability, inclusion and social protection.

Building on all these activities, new evidence available and through a process co-facilitated by UNICEF and ILO, experts from the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Development Pathways, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, the Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit, HelpAge, the International Disability Alliance, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the UN Joint SDG Fund, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the World Bank contributed to the development of an initial technical guidance note. This work started in the context of the UNPRPD financed project on disability-inclusive social protection (2019-2022) and weas continued with support from the e UNICEF-Norway Disability Partnership EU financed programme on Creating Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management. 

This global online consultation on the interagency guidance note Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems Enabling Participation and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is launched at the occasion of the 16th Conference Of States Parties to The CRPD 13-15 June 2023. It aims to deepen our understanding of how we can best build social protection systems that are fully inclusive of people with disability and that promote the full and effective participation of people with disabilities in social, political, economic and cultural lives.