The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty. A side event launching the Global Child Benefits Tracker

To promote awareness and use of Universal Child Benefits (UCBs) as an effective means to reduce child poverty and support child development, the International Labour Organization (ILO), Save the Children and UNICEF will launch a new tool, the Global Child Benefits Tracker in a side event during the 62nd Commission for Social Development (CSoCD62), which will take place in New York, on 14 February 2024. The event will be livestreamed by the UN WebTV. Hybrid participation through the Webex platform will allow participants to engage through the Q&A function. Follow this link and use the logins below to join:  

Webinar number: 2343 658 0587
Webinar password: CSocD62_14Feb#24

As indicated by the recent report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in his report to the Human Rights Council, UCBs are one of the most inclusive, effective and fairest approaches to reach those furthest behind. The aim of the Global Child Benefits Tracker is to provide a dedicated knowledge management platform to foster progressive and evidence-based dialogue, drawing on best practice, on the need for and feasibility of greater investment in child-sensitive social protection.

Context

Child poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges to the realisation of the SDGs and children’s rights, including the right to survival, learning and protection. In 2022, 330 million children lived in extreme poverty, with children comprising more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion people experiencing multidimensional poverty. 

Through the SDGs, world leaders committed to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, by putting in place social protection floors (SPFs) by 2030 and guaranteeing access to quality essential health care for all and basic income security for children, persons with disabilities, older persons and the unemployed.

While governments have made some progress in building inclusive social protection systems, children are frequently left the furthest behind. For instance, in 2021, more than 73 percent of girls and boys worldwide did not receive any child or family cash benefits at all, leaving them particularly vulnerable and at risk to the irreversible and long-lasting impacts of poverty, stunting and wasting, inadequate access to health and education services on human capability development.

Objective

  1. Highlight the negative impacts of child-poverty on human capabilities, inclusive development and social justice.  
  2. Feature voices of children impacted by poverty, inequality and the climate crisis on the one hand; in contrast to those with greater access to child-benefits. 
  3. Showcase Member States and best practice implementation of universal child-benefits
  4. Launch the Global Child Benefits Tracker by Save the Children, ILO and UNICEF and highlight the strategic importance of partnership in advocating for greater investment in child-sensitive social protection and progressive realization of universal child benefits.

Speakers and Panelists

  • Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Special Representative to the United Nations and Director of the ILO Office in New York
  • Philip Alston, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
  • HE. Mr. Olivier Maes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations
  • David, Lambert Tumwesigye, Global Policy & Advocacy Lead, Child Poverty, Save the Children International
  • Natalia Winder Rossi, Global Director of Social Policy and Social Protection, UNICEF 
  • More speakers TBC

This event is co-sponsored by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, USP2030 and the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg.