Since the inception of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors four years ago the ICSW has been an active participant and contributor to its advocacy activities. The strategy meeting organized by Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) took place in Geneva on 7-8 March 2016, bringing together participants of the Core Team of the Coalition to discuss the existing challenges and define strategic priorities of the group. Sergei Zelenev, Executive Director of ICSW, took part in the meeting on behalf of ICSW.
2016 is the year that the European Union needs to prove itself. Following the crises it faced the previous year – the Greek debt and the situation of migrants and refugees to name just two – it is of utmost importance that the European institutions and Member States stick fast to European values of human rights, human dignity and solidarity. We believe that promoting a social agenda that brings a social dimension to all EU policies is vital to achieving this.
ICSW EUROPE MEMBER ACTIVITIES 2015
Criteria for support
ICSW Europe supports specific activities organized by a national committee. These activities are focused on a specific theme related to the Work Program of ICSW Europe 2013-2016 updated in the GA Helsinki June 2015 and aim to deepen knowledge and create ideas on how to work for changes. The activities can include participants and experts from several European countries.
The activity has a clear expected result, usually providing outputs in the form of a written report with conclusions and recommendations, a public statement and/or a position paper for ICSW Europe.
The present report to the United Nations General Assembly focuses on the implementation of the right to social protection through the adoption by all States of social protection floors. In this report, the Special Rapporteur reviews the reasons for the marginality of social protection during most of the twentieth century and then traces the evolution of the concept of social protection floors and notes its defining characteristics.
- Extreme poverty and human rights (355 KB)
- Extrême pauvreté et droits de l’homme (624 KB)
- La extrema pobreza y los derechos humanos (442 KB)
Photo credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park