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Global Extension of Social Security

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"The Social Protection Floor Initiative is a UN system-wide effort to promote common priorities and solutions, to ensure basic social guarantees for all".

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
Message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2010

The Social Protection Floor is a global social policy approach promoting integrated strategies for providing access to essential social services and income security for all.

Recognizing the importance of ensuring social protection for all, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (UNCEB) adopted, in April 2009, the Social Protection Floor initiative, as one of the nine UN joint initiatives to cope with the effects of the economic crisis. This initiative is co-led by the International Labour Office and the World Health Organization and involves a group of 17 collaborating agencies, including United Nations agencies and international financial institutions.

Within the framework of the Social Protection Floor Initiative, the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group has been created to enhance global advocacy activities and to further elaborate the conceptual policy aspects of the approach.

The Advisory Group provides general guidance in several areas related to the feasibility, applicability and adaptability of the social protection floor concept and its implementation process in different socioeconomic and institutional contexts at the local, national, regional and global levels. It collaborates in the identification of good practices around the world and contributes to catalyzing exchanges between developed and developing countries, and through South-South cooperation.

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Last update:10.11.2011 ^ top