The future of social protection facing a cascade of crises: moving towards universality with solidarity and sustainability

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The COVID-19 pandemic had large and persistent consequences worldwide. The Latin America and the Caribbean region was severely affected, resulting in a prolonged economic and social crisis. Between 2020 and 2022, the region accounted for 27% of COVID-19 deaths despite having only 8.4% of the world's population. This crisis had a cross-cutting impact on various dimensions of well-being, leading to a drop in child development indicators, an increase in mortality and an unprecedented drop in labour participation linked to a deepening care crisis, among other key areas.

Between 2019 and 2020, poverty increased by 2.6 percentage points and extreme poverty by 1.9 percentage points. Faced with a further increase in extreme poverty in 2021, ECLAC estimated a 27-year setback in this indicator in Latin America and a decade-long setback in social security coverage, with implications for the present and future social protection situation of people.

The seminar aims to identify and highlight the advances and challenges in the global and regional reflection and in the efforts of the countries to strengthen social protection systems, in a context of cascading crisis.