The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to improve social protection systems everywhere, including through an ILO convention
The pandemic is far from over. Countries across the world are still grappling with the health crisis and socio-economic consequences of COVID-19.
Did you know that one in two people in the world do not benefit from any form of social protection? In the context of a global emergency, we need stronger advocates for social protection systems with full coverage.
Here are a few reasons why:
Well-designed and financed social protection systems are powerful buffers against poverty, inequality, insecurity and avoidable ill-health.
A minimum level of universal social protection is affordable in almost all countries except the poorest, which would require temporary international help.
Countries with a vaccine are better equipped to deal with a crisis than countries who have to resort to ad hoc treatments. COVID-19 is a unique opportunity to recognize and elevate the role of social protection.
ILO conventions are standards of good, globally accepted practice that trigger positive developments. A universally ratified convention on social protection would ensure that the issue stays on the global development agenda.
At a time when the world is in the grip of another global crisis, we can’t miss the opportunity to set new standards and levels of good practice. We can’t let 8 billion people stumble into the next global, regional, national, or local crisis without a clear solution.
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