Geneva once again stood out as a global community hub for rights-based humanitarian and social development throughout February 2019.
Events related to Social Protection scheduled early in February 2019 included the annual Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) meeting that takes place alternatively in Geneva and New York. The meeting of the Board was associated with a series of other meetings, of SPIAC-B committees and working groups, as well as with OECD’s High Level Conference - Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030 to promote the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection (USP2030) the 3-day International Conference on Universal Child Grants driven by UNICEF and the Overseas Development Institute in partnership with the ILO.
Dr Odile Frank, Special Representative of ICSW at the UN Office in Geneva and the Specialized Agencies in Geneva reported on some key details of the above activities in Geneva.
According to the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors where ICSW is an active member “more than half of the world’s population is still denied a life in dignity and the human right to social protection. To deliver on the commitment to universal social protection is a legal, moral, political and economic imperative. Social protection is a key instrument for the successful implementation of Agenda 2030, for eradicating poverty and for reducing inequality. Social protection is a human right, not charity for the poorest”.
The statement of the Global Coalition made on 5 February at the conference on universal social protection (USP2030) concludes: “What we want to take from this conference is the commitment to take concrete steps towards the implementation of universal social protection systems which are rights-based and gender-responsive, providing adequate benefits for all contingencies over the lifecycle.”
Read the full statement here. (450 Kb)
IASSW, ICSW and IFSW are pleased to inform our members of the outcomes of the Tripartite Meeting held in London over the last two days. The global representatives of the three organizations had productive and fruitful discussions. They have confirmed an ongoing spirit of partnership to expand the professions and will work together, and with others, to make social work and social development more visible, strong and influential.
The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development will remain our flagship during the next ten years. The preparatory work on a follow –up process to the Global Agenda will start later this year.
IAASW, ICSW and IFSW look forward to translating these agreements into a vibrant reality and seeing a more inclusive and united future for our organizations.
By Wouter van Ginneken
Wouter van Ginneken is a former staff member of the International Labour Office and a founding member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors. He has been a member of the International Geneva Team of the International Movement ATD Fourth World since 2004.
Our Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) aims at influencing policy-making both at the international level and at the national level. There are now a number of national platforms – GCSPF members – who wish to report to UN organizations about the implementation of social protections floors at the national level.
There are three main international organizations or fora[ In this note we shall only consider reporting procedures in the context of the United Nations. There may also be reporting procedures at the regional level, such as in the context of the African Union and the European Union.] to which such reporting can be addressed: (i) the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, and in particular through the Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). (ii) the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, which oversees the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and (iii) the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, which in 2012 adopted Recommendation No.202 on National Social Protection Floors.
National platforms are most effective when various civil-society organizations and social organizations, such as trade unions, work closely together. They also benefit from the support of other actors, such as academics, journalists, UN agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ILO, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF, as well as national human rights institutions (NHRIs).