Monday, February 20, 2023
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Social Protection for Social Justice

The World Day of Social Justice takes place in challenging circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 85 million people into extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Conflict, surging energy prices and inflation have led to a cost-of-living crisis, upending lives and disrupting livelihoods. Inequalities have been exacerbated; the disadvantaged worst affected. It's hard to think of a time when the need for greater social justice has been more acute. So, the case we’re making today is for universal social protection to be placed at the heart of our region’s recovery effort. No other policy could do more to achieve greater social justice. If upheld, this human right could underpin it for years to come.

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