ICSW Europe Application for Support


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.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

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.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park

ICSW Europe International Workshop - Tbilisi, Georgia 2015

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.

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What Kind of International Support for Social Protection Floors?

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 ).

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