Inequality Reduction Through Social Protection - Webinar in preparation of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 11-21 Feb)


Social protection (SP) is a powerful tool for the reduction of (gender and socio-economic) inequalities, and for the promotion of SDG-targets 1.3., 5.4. and 10.4. SP for equality is also a priority theme both at the CSocD and at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2019.

The purpose of this webinar was to introduce and discuss the UN Secretary General’s reports to these two ‘sister’ ECOSOC Commissions: CSocD and CSW, and to help build a common agenda. Governments are typically represented at CSW and CSocD by different ministries. Global and national actions to reduce inequalities (gender and socio-economic) suffer from such fragmentation. The year 2019 presents an opportunity to build bridges between the CSW and CSocD, and help government ministries work towards their common goals of equality and ‘leaving no-one behind’.


Amson Sibanda, Chief, Social Policy Analysis Section, UNDESA

Dr. Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women

Stanfield Michelo, Consultant, TRANSFORM (Zambia)


Timo Voipio, Chief Expert, THL-Finland (EU-SPS)


This webinar was the first of the Social protection to promote gender equality and to reduce other socio-economic inequities webinar series, which was organized by EU-SPS, UNDESA and THL.