The ‘Global Social Protection Week: Achieving SDG 1.3 and universal social protection in the context of the future of work’ webinar took place on 7 November 2019. The event was organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as an introduction to the Global Social Protection Week, the high point of 18 months of continuous activities on social protection to celebrate the ILO’s 100th anniversary.

The session was joined by speakers Valérie Schmitt (Director ad interim, Social Protection Department, International Labour Office), Christina Behrendt (Head, Social Policy Unit, Social Protection Department, International Labour Office) and Victoria Giroud-Castiella (Social Protection Officer, International Labour Office).

You can watch the webinar recording here and access the webinar presentation here.


Global Social Protection Week: Achieving SDG 1.3 and universal social protection in the context of the future of work

The panellists introduced the agenda of the event, and presented key objectives and contents of the sessions, as well as information about side events and communications related to particpants and parallel activities. The main objective of the Week is to chart the way towards achieving universal social protection for all and provide a roadmap for the future of social protection within the framework of the recently adopted ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. 

On the first day, participants are invited to discuss the catalytic role of social protection for achieving Agenda 2030, the current state of affairs and remaining gaps in protection. The welcoming session is followed by a high-level panel with ministries from different countries to illustrate how social protection can bring multiple returns. The following high-level sessions focus on the impacts that the lack of social protection have in different countries and cover the efforts multilateral and bilateral agencies have done to ensure countries move towards universal social protection. The purpose of these sessions is to drawn attention that social protection can be an investment with high returns on poverty reduction, inequality reduction and others social and economic gains.

Existing gaps in social protection are the focus topic of the second day of the event, with the release of ILO’s report “Measuring financing gaps in social protection for achieving SDG target 1.3: Global estimates and strategies for developing countries”, which looks into ways countries can accelerate its progress towards SDGs related to social protection and universal social protection. The following sessions discuss possible ways of accessing what are those financing gaps and its implications at a country level through a human rights perspective and on how increased fiscal space, tax reforms and financial assistances can fill those existing gaps to improve social protection.


The technical segment sessions aim to take a deeper understanding on what is the role of social protection in the context of this human-centred futured of work.

These sessions are divided in six streams. The first stream on ‘Achieving universal social protection, covering the uncovered and reducing inequalities’ addresses topics related to extending social protection to informal economy workers and rural workers. The second stream focuses on topics related to ‘Adapting social protection to a changing world’, discussing how social protection play a role in climate-change, migration and humanitarian and development nexus issues.  The third stream is about building up universal social protection systems.

On the fourth and last day of the event the fourth stream addresses financing sustainable social protection systems. This stream looks more deeply into financing gaps matters and on financing social protection systems.

The fifth stream discusses topics within the framework of ‘Social Protection in the context of the future of Work’. The first session investigates how to best invest in people’s capabilities, followed by the second session on achieving social justice in a globalized world. The third session debates gender responsive social protection and the care economy.

The sixth, and last stream, discusses how to make the right to social protection a reality for all. It delves into the main opportunities and risks of the use of new technologies in the delivery of social protection; explores how to build a culture of social protection that makes people aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to social protection; and discusses the topic of sustainable and socially responsible social protection.


Both the high-level and technical sessions aim to produce brief statements with conclusions and/ or recommendations derived from the discussions and endorsed by the members of the session. These recommendations will, later, be used to produce an outcome document that will shape the future of ILO’s work as well as the one made by other institutions, workers, employers and countries that participated in the event.

All sessions of the event were livestreamed and you can watch the recordings here!


Q&A session

The webinar was closed with an enriching Q&A session, which can be accessed here.

Social Protection Programmes: 
  • Labour market / employment programmes
Social Protection Building Blocks: 
  • Policy
    • Laws and Policies
Social Protection Approaches: 
  • Social protection systems
  • Universal Social Protection
Cross-Cutting Areas: 
  • Labour market / employment
  • Global Development Agenda (SDGs / MDGs)
  • Global
  • Global
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