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61st session of the Commission for Social Development

The 61st session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD61) will take place from 6 to 15 February 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The priority theme of this year's session is “Creating full and productive employment and decent work for all as a way of overcoming inequalities to accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Enhancing Linkages between Universal Social Protection and Employment for Decent Work

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This side event to the 61st Session of the Commission for Social Development will showcase country experiences and discuss how to generate synergies between social protection and employment policies for decent work.

A total of 2 billion workers – 61.2 per cent of the world’s employed population – are in informal employment and most of them are among the 4.1 billion people who do not have any access to social protection or are inadequately protected. Extending social protection coverage to workers in the informal economy through adapted mechanisms including employment services, access to training, health protection , can contribute to expanding formal employment and enhancing the living standards of workers and their families.

At the same time, the formalization of enterprises and employment contributes to a broader contribution and tax base, which creates fiscal space for tax-financed social protection programmes for those who do not have sufficient contributory capacity, potentially triggering a virtuous cycle of development of higher productivity, higher tax revenues and better public services.

Opening Remarks

Dirk Meyer
Director-General, Germany
Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


Doreen Mwamba
Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Zambia
Christian Guillermet-Fernández
Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Costa Rica
Paola Simonetti
Director, Equality Department
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Amadou Sako
Regional Adviser & Project Officer for Africa
International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Lara Evans
Social Protection Advisor, Center for Resilience
U.S. Agency for International Development


Beate Andrees
ILO Office for the United Nations
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