The ILO Hosts the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference

June 16, 2017

The ILO Hosts the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference

The 106th International Labour Conference took place from 5-16 June 2017. This year’s conference focused on three major items, which all include important references to social protection:

  1. A standard-setting discussion on a possible Recommendation concerning employment and decent work for peace and resilience, which would revise the Employment (Transition from War to Peace) Recommendation, 1944 (No. 71).–en/index.htm
  2. A discussion of labour migration, focusing in particular on current trends and the importance of addressing governance challenges in a changing labour migration landscape–en/index.htm
  3. A discussion on fundamental principles and rights at work–en/index.htm

Visit the Conference page to learn more.


Photo credit: ILO.


ECLAC’s New Care Law Database

June 1, 2017

ECLAC’s New Care Law Database

ECLAC’s Gender Affairs Division recently compiled a database of all of the existing care laws in the constitutional and other domestic legislation in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The database contains information on more than 200 legislative bodies.

These laws concern various care issues such as parental leave, extra-home care services, anti-discrimination in hiring, access to health care for children and family and community responsibility in providing care.

The database is available on the Gender Equality Observatory website.



Photo credit: “care” by Roy Cheung (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr). hosted a webinar on Chile’s Familia Programme

April 21, 2017 hosted a webinar on Chile’s Familia Programme

On 20 April, hosted a webinar on Chile’s Inter-Sectoral Social Protection System and its Familia Programme. Representatives from the Chilean and Peruvian governments and ECLAC discussed the programme, specifically focusing on aspects which target creating employment and other income-generating activities.

Watch the webinar video.





  • Mauricio Ríos, Solidarity and Social Investment Fund, Chile
  • Claudio Prim, Solidarity and Social Investment Fund, Chile


  • Simone Cecchini, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile


Cecilia Chávez Mendoza, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Peru


Photo credit: “Diploma de Seguridad Informática” by Carlos Reusser Monsalvez (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


ESCWA is Hosting an Expert Meeting on Disability

April 4, 2017

ESCWA is Hosting an Expert Meeting on Disability

The UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) will hold an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 11-12 April in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss its forthcoming publication, Disability in the Arab Region 2017: strengthening social protection for persons with disabilities. The EGM will provide an overview of the draft publication and review with participants the information contained therein.

Focal points on disability from the ESCWA Member States will be invited to participate, as well as local, regional and international experts on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, social protection and disability. The publication, which will be an updated version of ESCWA’s previously released Disability in the Arab Region: an overview , will be released in December 2017.

The press release for the event is available here.

Photo credit: “IMG_9739” by mozzoom (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


UNRISD and Partners Host World Social Work Day Conference

March 23, 2017

UNRISD and Partners Host World Social Work Day Conference

On 21-22 March, UNRISD, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work hosted Social Work and Sustainable Development. The event marked World Social Work Day,  which aims to highlight the achievements of social work, make its contributions and social services more visible, and defend social justice, social development and human rights.

Panellists included social workers and social work educators, and representatives from government and international organizations, who discussed ways to expand cooperation and partnership between different actors involved in social work. Experts also discussed the links between social protection systems and social workers’ crucial role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Watch the conference introduction by Ana Lima Fernández, President of the International Federation of Social Workers Europe [Spanish].

Visit the event page to read the event concept note, speaker biographies, programme and summary papers.


UNRISD & SRI Official Side Event at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

March 6, 2017

UNRISD & SRI Official Side Event at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative are hosting Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an official side event at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council.

How can people’s sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHRs) around the world be better protected and promoted?

Panellists at this event will present perspectives on:

  • Challenges and good practices in ensuring full access to SRHRs
  • Environmental dimensions of family planning
  • The linkages between a human rights-based social protection framework and access to these rights
  • Current global trends, and what these mean for implementation of the SDGs (and their achievement by 2030).


  • Meghan Doherty, Global Policy and Advocacy Officer, Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
  • Paola Daher, Global Advocacy Advisor, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Agnes Odhiambo, Women’s Rights Researcher, Human Rights Watch (via Skype)
  • David Chipanta, Senior Social Protection Advisor, UNAIDS
  • Elizabeth Maclean, Research Coordinator, International Center for Migration, Health and Development

Moderator: Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD

This event is sponsored by the government of Portugal.

The event is open to all UN badge holders. If you do not have a badge and would like to attend, please visit the event page to register.


Photo credit: The USAID-funded Suaahara not only engages young mothers, but also fathers and other men of the family to ensure all-round support to improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. by USAID Nepal (Creative Commons 2.0 via Flickr).

Instrumentos de protección social a lo largo del ciclo de vida: nuevo curso de la CEPAL

March 1, 2017

Instrumentos de protección social a lo largo del ciclo de vida: nuevo curso de la CEPAL

El curso “Instrumentos de Protección Social a lo largo del ciclo de vida” organizado por la División de Desarrollo Social y el Instituto Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Planificación Económica y Social (ILPES) de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), está dirigido a funcionarios públicos de la región.

El curso tendrá en total dos semanas de duración, divididas en dos fases. Entre el 15 y 19 de mayo se llevará a cabo la fase virtual, en la cual se brindará acceso al material bibliográfico y a una guía de lectura de todos los temas del curso. La fase presencial, de 40 horas de duración distribuidas del 22 al 26 de mayo, se impartirá bajo un enfoque teórico-práctico que combina marcos analíticos con trabajo en talleres y discusiones en grupo. En ellos se expondrán los fundamentos conceptuales y prácticos de la protección social y se discutirán políticas públicas orientadas hacia una mayor igualdad. El curso abarcará los siguientes aspectos:

  • Regímenes de bienestar y protección social
  • Protección social: conceptos e indicadores
  • Modelos de desarrollo y estado de bienestar en América Latina
  • Panorama de los sistema de protección social en América Latina
  • Enfoque de derechos, ciclo de vida y protección social
  • Infancia, adolescencia y juventud
  • Etapa activa y tercera edad Financiamiento
  • Sesiones especiales sobre políticas públicas para la igualdad
  • Propuestas de reforma
  • Casos de reformas

Para más detalles visite la página del evento (disponible en español).

Para conocer más sobre los aspectos sociales de la región, lea el Panorama Social de América Latina (disponible en español e inglés) y para temas de protección social en la región, lea el libro   Instrumentos de protección social: caminos latinoamericanos hacia la universalización (disponible en español e inglés).


Photo credit: Bea Moralez (via Instagram).


UNRISD Side Event at the 55th Commission for Social Development

February 1, 2017

UNRISD Side Event at the 55th Commission for Social Development

On 2 February, UNRISD is holding The Poverty of Politics? Pursuing Sustainable Development for All in Challenging Times, an official side event of the 55th Commission for Social Development.

Experts from academia, civil society and governments will explore the challenges facing sustainable development, such as growing inequalities, the rise of populism and threats to the environment.

UNRISD Director Paul Ladd will present evidence from UNRISD’s 2016 Flagship Report, Policy Innovations for Transformative Change.


Photo Credit: Untitled by Fosim (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)


UNAIDS is Having a Virtual Consultation until 10 February

January 30, 2017

UNAIDS is Having a Virtual Consultation until 10 February

UNAIDS is holding a virtual consultation on the future of the UNAIDS model from 30 January until 10 February 2017.


The world has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This target sits within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The General Assembly has also committed to Fast-Track the AIDS response over the next five years, in line with the 2016–2021 Strategy of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

In partnership with a range of stakeholders, including people living with HIV, UNAIDS plays a key role in the global effort to deliver on these ambitions.  An integral part of the AIDS response, the Joint Programme is widely recognized for setting the vision and global agenda, providing leadership to achieve this agenda at country level, engaging in evidence-informed advocacy, delivering normative guidance and technical expertise, monitoring the epidemic and response, and promoting human rights and meaningful engagement of civil society.

Learn more and participate in the Global Consultation:


Photo credit: “District Consultation” by Challenge Program on Water and Food (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


ILO Releases Social Protection Volumes

January 19, 2017

ILO Releases Social Protection Volumes

The ILO’s Social Protection Department recently released three volumes of Social Protection Floors. The reports “present best practices and experiences from countries that are useful for South-South learning, for practitioners and to provide the basis for more informed policy-making”.

Volume 1, Universal Schemes, draws on experiences from countries including Argentina, Lesotho and Thailand. Volume 2,  Innovations to Extend Coverage looks at social protection for migrants, social protection in the context of climate change, and rural employment. Volume 3, Governance and Financing, examines mechanisms to build social protection floors in countries including China, Colombia and Zambia.

Learn more about the Social Protection Department.


Photo credit: “Children” by Moin Uddin (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).



IDS Short Course on Social Protection

January 6, 2017

IDS Short Course on Social Protection

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) is holding a short course on social protection from 12-15 June, 2017. The four-day course is aimed at policy makers, practitioners, researchers and project managers who are already or will be working in of social protection.

The course will provide participants with:

  • a broad knowledge of approaches to social protection,
  • an understanding of challenges in design and implementation of social protection programming, and
  • the ability to critically assess current evidence base on social protection.

Learn more by visiting the course page. The deadline for applicants is 10 February 2017.


Photo credit: “Engaged in learning” by CSUF Photos (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


New ILO Study Reveals that 50 Million Jobs are Needed to Address Global Health

December 20, 2016

New ILO Study Reveals that 50 Million Jobs are Needed to Address Global Health

An estimated 50 million decent jobs are missing in 2016 to address essential global health requirements through universal health coverage (UHC) and ensure human security, particularly with respect to highly infectious diseases like Ebola. Demographic ageing over the next 15 years is expected to further increase employment needs in the global health supply chain by 84 million jobs.

Read more.

Photo credit: A. González Farran / UNAMID (via ILO).

It’s World AIDS Day

December 1, 2016

It’s World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is Hands up for #HIVPrevention.

On 30 November, UNAIDS held a special event, Moving Forward Together: Leaving No One Behind, in New York to mark the occasion.

The event honoured United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s legacy and commitment to leaving no one behind in the global response to HIV.

Watch or read UNAIDS Secretary-General Michel Sidibé’s message for World AIDS Day and find out more about the 2016 campaign here.

To learn about HIV and social protection, read David Chipanta’s expert commentary, Investment, Commitment and Innovation: Fast-Tracking Social Protection to End AIDS.


Photo credit: UNAIDS (via Instagram).

UNAIDS Just Launched a New Report

November 23, 2016

UNAIDS Just Launched a New Report

On 21 November, UNAIDS launched its latest report, Get on the Fast-Track: the life-cycle approach to HIV,  in Windhoek, Namibia. According to the report, the number of people accessing life-saving medicines increased significantly in 2016, thanks to the Fast-Track approach. Between January and June, an additional one million people (including 910,000 children) were able to access treatment. The report notes the role that social protection plays in reducing HIV risk and improving treatment adherence.

Despite strides made in ending the AIDS epidemic, girls and women between the ages of 15-24 remain vulnerable to infection. According to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, they face a triple threat: “They are at high risk of HIV infection, have low rates of HIV testing and have poor adherence to treatment. The world is failing young women and we urgently need to do more”.

Programming — including social protection policy — to end AIDS requires the entire life cycle to be taken into account. Improved prevention methods for adolescents and adults, access to medicines that prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, testing for pregnant women and babies, and addressing long-term side effects of HIV treatment in older people should all be taken into account by policy makers and practitioners to reach SDG Target 3.3, ending AIDS by 2030.

Download UNAIDS’ Fact Sheet.

Read David Chipanta’s expert commentary, Investment, Commitment and Innovation: Fast-Tracking Social Protection to End AIDS, to learn more.


Photo credit: “mom and son” by  SIM Central and South East Asia (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


The United Nations is Holding a Forum on Youth and Human Rights

November 16, 2016

The United Nations is Holding a Forum on Youth and Human Rights

In 2015, the Human Rights Council established a Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. The Forum’s purpose is to “provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between these areas” and to “identify and analyze best practices, challenges and opportunities for States in their efforts to secure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.

The inaugural Forum will take place on 21 – 22 November. The theme is Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making.

Panel discussions will be held on:

  • Creating an enabling environment for the effective participation of youth in public decision-making;
  • From formal to transformative participation of youth;
  • Youth participation in sustainable development and human rights protection; and
  • The role of youth in shaping international and regional development agendas.

Special attention will be paid to discrimination that impedes young women and girls’ participation in public decision making, indigenous and minority youth, youth in rural areas, migrant, stateless, internally displaced, asylum seeking and refugee youth, and youth with disabilities.

Download the agenda.

To learn more about youth and social protection, visit our Key Issues page and also visit Not Too Young to Run, a campaign to lower the legal age of candidacy for public office and increase young people’s decision-making power.



Photo credit: “McGill student vote mob 2011” by Adam Scotti (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).

UNICEF and FAO Have a New Book Out on Cash Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 14, 2016

UNICEF and FAO Have a New Book Out on Cash Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa

From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub Saharan Africa describes efforts to expand the evidence base on unconditional cash transfers in eight countries across the region: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Cash transfers have led to a broad range of social and productive impacts improving families lives. Documented results have been collected through the experience of the Transfer Project, a joint effort of UNICEF, FAO, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Save the Children UK, and national governments and research institutions in each country. The strong collaboration among development partners has led to the improved knowledge and practice on social cash transfers in Africa.

Launch Event

On Tuesday, November 15, the Mail & Guardian’s Critical Thinking Forum will host Social Cash Transfers: Changing Lives of African families?  The event will bring together government representatives, UN agencies and researchers to provide insight into what’s working with national social protection programmes across the region.

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm (GMT+2)

Venue: The Capital 20 West, 20 West Road, Morningside, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Watch the Forum live.



Photo credit: ©FAO/Ivan Grifi.

ECLAC & UNDP are Hosting a Social Development Event in Santo Domingo

October 21, 2016

ECLAC & UNDP are Hosting a Social Development Event in Santo Domingo

On 31 October and 1 November, UNDP and ECLAC, along with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), will host the  Eighth Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santo Domingo, the Dominican republic.

The Forum is a platform for ministers and other policy makers to discuss experiences in social development and social protection, challenges and opportunities presented by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and how policies should be transformed to respond to human well-being challenges in the region.

At the same time, ECLAC, UNDP and the Government of the Dominican Republic are hosting the First Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean in Santo Domingo. The Meeting’s overall goal is to improve social development policy and technical expertise in the region by promoting cooperation between national governments.

Watch the broadcast live.

To learn more about social protection, policy and well-being in the region, read Caribbean Multidimensional progress: well-being beyond income, the Regional Human Development Report for Latin America.



Photo credit: “2015 – MEXICO – Zinacantán – Sun Shade” by Ted McGrath (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).

Walking the Talk: Transformative Pathways for Achieving the SDGs— UNRISD Flagship Report Launch

October 12, 2016

Walking the Talk: Transformative Pathways for Achieving the SDGs— UNRISD Flagship Report Launch

On Monday, 17 October UNRISD will launch its 2016 Flagship Report, Policy Innovations for Transformative Change.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are a global commitment to “transforming our world” and eradicating poverty in all its forms everywhere. The challenge now is to put this vision into action. How can this be achieved?

At this event, Walking the Talk: Transformative Pathways for Achieving the SDGs, panellists will provide some answers to this question, by exploring how innovative policies that integrate social, environmental and economic aspects can lead to inclusive societies that leave no one behind.

  • Valentin Zellweger, Swiss Ambassador to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator and Flagship Report coordinator, UNRISD
  • Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization
  • Constanza Martinez, Senior Advisor and UN Representative, World Vision International


Paul Ladd, UNRISD Director

With the participation of

  • Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Dr. David Nabarro, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda (video message)

Register for the event.

ESCWA launched an Expert Group on Disability

October 4, 2016

ESCWA launched an Expert Group on Disability

On 20-21 September, ESCWA launched the its Inter-Sessional Expert Group on Disability. Policy makers from countries across the region, including Iraq, Lebanon, Mauritania and Yemen attended.

Read more about the event and the Expert Group on ESCWA’s website.


Photo credit: “Ashtar is the best days of the week!, Arwa, Reeda, Amer. Ramallah, Palestine.” by Erik Törner (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).

FAO and are Hosting a Webinar

September 30, 2016

FAO and are Hosting a Webinar

On Thursday, 6 October, at 6.00 (EST) FAO and are hosting a webinar, Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Design: What works in Asia?


  • Anna Minj, Director, BRAC
  • Rebecca Holmes, Research Fellow, Social Protection Programme, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Deepta Chopra, Research Fellow, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Maja Gavrilovic, Social Policy Analyst, FAO,


Register for the webinar here.


Photo credit: “160723zim124_28876119973_o” by Trocaire (CCBY2.0 via Flickr).