The core team of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors met in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 to 17 January 2018 to discuss pressing issues on its agenda and to chart a way for future activities. Formed in June 2012 by NGOs and other organizations of civil society such as trade unions, now the Global Coalition brings together more than 100 members interested in achieving the universal provision of economic and social security through basic guarantees on income and essential social services throughout the life course. Promoting Recommendation 202 of the ILO is one of its main objectives. The Coalition operates within a worldwide network structure, but has not established a formal headquarters. The core team, which performs coordinating functions, brings together representatives of the Coalition members who are capable and willing to plan and strategize for upcoming policy and research activities of the Coalition, review all draft documentation produced by the Coalition, and perform other duties.
The annual meeting of the ICSW Board was convened on 22- 23 October 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The regional presidents of the ICSW are ex officio members of the Board, along with the President, the Vice-President and the Treasurer. Such annual meetings represent an opportunity for this decisionmaking body of ICSW to review existing programmes and to identify the areas of the proposed future activities. The meeting was chaired and conducted by Eva HombergHerrström, the President of ICSW.
The international conference convened in Santo Domingo on 29-30 November focused on a range of options in Latin America and the Caribbean concerning social protection policies designed for older persons. Apart from the hosts— participants from the Dominican Republic, who represented various branches of the government as well as non-governmental organizations, the speakers came from several other countries in the region -- Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay, as well as from regional organizations (PAHO). The issues on the agenda included the demographic transition, the rights of older persons, the sustainability of social security arrangements, health care policies for the aged and other matters that are important in the context of the ageing process in the region.
Members and officers of the ICSW SEAP participated in the 12th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare and Development, held last 17 October 2017 at Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of the forum was “Strengthening Social Protection to Address Challenges of Ageing Societies”. The forum is held annually and seeks to increase and strengthen cooperation between ASEAN region governments and civil-society organizations in establishing joint projects. Attended by 80 delegates from governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from ASEAN member countries, the event was opened by Union Minister of Myanmar Dr. Win Myat Aye, who delivered the Welcome Address. In his speech, the Union Minister underscored the importance of social protection schemes and encouraged inclusive discussion on social protection issues in the context of the priority theme of the Forum. He also invited the participants from the ASEAN member countries to share best practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of existing commitments.
By Patience W. Stephens
from Global Newsletter - September 2017
Concern for “the people” is at the heart of the historic declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that the 193-member United Nations General Assembly adopted on September 25, 2015. Underscoring that emphasis is the fact that “people” is the first of 5 areas identified by the declaration as being of critical importance for humanity and the planet. The other areas are “planet”, “prosperity”, “peace” and “partnerships.” Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are expected to guide and drive global development efforts through 2030.