World Social Protection Report 2017-2019

B-roll: 4 billion people worldwide are without social protection

According to new data presented in the World Social Protection Report 2017/19: Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals , only 45 per cent of the global population is effectively covered by at least one social benefit, while the remaining 55 per cent– 4 billion people – are left unprotected.

Date issued: 29 November 2017 | Size/duration: 03:00

Press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland with archival b-roll from
Mongolia (May 2015) Ecuador (Sept 2015) Mozambique (June 2016)
Production date:
29 November 2017
Natural sound (sound bites in English)
Copyright ILO - ILO audio-visual material is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license
Video type:
social protection, social security, social protection floors, pensions, employment insurance, maternity protection, welfare


00:00 – 00:05
Opening slate.
00:05 – 00:22
Various cutaways of press conference.
00:22 – 00:30
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (in English):
“Social protection is a human right and yet it is not a reality for the large majority of the global population.”
00:30 – 00:44
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (in English):
“A considerable majority of the world population, and here the figure is 71%, or 5.2 billion people, are either unprotected or only partially protected.”
00:44 – 01:02
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (in English):
“The lack of social protection leaves people vulnerable to ill health, to poverty, to inequality and social exclusion throughout the life cycle. And it’s also, and I think this is an important thing to mention, a significant obstacle to economic growth and social development.”
01:02 – 01:57
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (in English):
“I think the key finding is that despite progress made, and there is progress there, 55% of the world population, we’re talking about 4 billion people, still lack social protection coverage of any type whatsoever. Now when the 2030 development agenda has clearly made universal social protection a goal for the next thirteen years we have to work out how to accelerate progress in this area. I think we all understand that social protection is a human right, so we should be operating because we want to meet those human rights, but also because this is good for our economies. This makes labour markets work better. These makes working people more secure in their lives. So a lot of progress to be made and we think this report gives a very important wealth of data about where we stand and how far we still need to go.”
01:57 – 02:08
Various shots of centralized OSS (one-stop-shop) social protection benefit offices in Mongolia.
02:08 – 02:16
State social protection officers visiting a family yurt in the Mongolian countryside.
02:16 – 02:19
Exterior shot of a health centre in Quito, Ecuador.
02:19 – 02:31
Various shots of services provided by a government health centre in Quito, Ecuador.
02:31– 03:00
Various shots of villagers lining up and receiving basic social protection benefits including unemployment and disability payments in Mozambique.