Launch and discussion of the paper “UN collaboration on social protection: Reaching consensus on how to accelerate social protection systems building”


The UN Chief Executives Board launched the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I) in 2009 as one of its nine joint initiatives to address the global financial crisis. Thirteen years have passed since the SPF-I’s unveiling and the world is once again been mired in a global crisis of unprecedented proportions with social protection at the centre of the response and recovery measures.  Given the seismic last few years and the increasing work on social protection by all UN agencies, it seemed apt to take stock of the progress of this work and consider the future direction of this collaboration.

Consequently, the FAO, ILO and UNICEF, in conjunction with many other UN agencies and development partners, convened a taking stock exercise to reflect on UN collaboration on social protection. This has resulted in today’s launch of this review paper that outlines how efforts can be systematically developed to further advance UN collaboration and coordination on social protection. It is hoped the recommendations in this review paper will better support the design and implementation of adequate and comprehensive national social protection systems. Simultaneously this can support the ongoing post-COVID-19 socioeconomic recovery and the achievement of the SDGs on social protection by 2030.

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Master of Ceremony: Nenad Rava, Head of Programmes, Joint SDG Fund


David Stewart, Chief, Child Poverty and Social Protection, UNICEF

Alejandro Grinspun, Chief, Social Policy, FAO

Valérie Schmitt, Deputy Director, ILO Social Protection Department

Natalia Winder-Rossi, Director, Social Policy and Social Protection, UNICEF

Sara Sekkenes, Resident Coordinator for Laos

Mauricio Soto, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Mamadou Diallo, ITUC Deputy General Secretary

Gabriella Rigg Herzog, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

Kennedy Mumba, The Director Social Welfare, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Zambia

Veronika Wodsak, Social Protection Policy Specialist, ILO

Lara Blanco, Deputy Director, Sustainable Development Unit,  Executive Office of the Secretary-General United Nations

Helena Fraser, Director, Policy and Programme Branch, UNDCO

Shahra Razavi, Director of Social Protection Department, ILO