The International Symposium, convened by the ILO, UNICEF, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and the European Union, brings together policymakers, social partners, civil society, and development partners to discuss the innovative practices and strategies for building sustainable and rights-based social protection systems resulting from the Social Protection & Public Finance Management Programme (SP&PFM).
This first panel will showcase results and approaches adopted by partner countries in extending social protection coverage to all workers, including self-employed workers, migrant workers, women workers and workers in micro and small enterprises. This includes harnessing the potential of employers’ and workers’ representative organisations in enhancing compliance by raising awareness and informing their members on their rights and responsibilities, and in facilitating their access to social security and their transition to the formal economy. The presentations will also demonstrate how social protection can enhance gender equality and the inclusion of persons living with disabilities. Finally, the different country experiences will also highlight different financing strategies for supporting the extension of social protection in a sustainable and equitable manner, through a combination of contributory and non-contributory benefits.