Universal Social Protection: Key concepts and international framework: Policy brief

Organization(s): ILO
Author: ILO
Regions: World
Country: World
Year: 2019
Language: English
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This brief presents key aspects of universal social protection, and highlights how it is anchored in the current international legal and policy framework. It summarizes the progress that has been achieved so far and delimits the concept from other ideas and terms that are currently present in policy discussions. It also presents some key indicators that can help to assess progress towards universal social protection.

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