Participants of the ICSW Europe international workshop “Social Protection Floors – Regional and International Experiences” in Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 October 2015, share the Social Platform position on social situation in Europe.
(N.B. Social Platform is the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe. Consisting of 48 pan-European networks of NGOs, we campaign to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives.)
In time of political crisis over migration and alarmingly high poverty, social exclusion and inequality, the claim that Europe is in economic recovery remains a myth for many people across Europe. Job creation alone is not enough, especially given the current in-work poverty epidemic and rising job insecurity.
by Barry Herman
from Global Newsletter - November 2015
The proposal for the establishment of a new global fund for social protection was made in 2012 by the two then Special Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council, Olivier de Schutter and Magdalena Sepúlveda. In their view, while “the costs of providing basic social protection may be affordable when estimated globally, for many countries the domestic costs still may be beyond their capacity, even if they were to devote their maximum available resources to that objective”. In that light a special, solidarity-based financing mechanism guaranteeing the support of the international community to countries that may be in need of such support to introduce or complete national social protections floors should be created. (UNHCHR Briefing Note 7 http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Food/20121009_GFSP_en.pdf ).
Social benefit – development, challenges, consequences
A Comparative Perspective: Austria, Germany and Switzerland
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Article from European Newsletter: Spring 2015