This document lays out the social security strategy of the InternationalLabour Organization as agreed by a consensus of governments and workers’ and employers’ organizations of 185 ILO member States. Social security for all: Building social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems is the result of a decade of research,
economic, fiscal and actuarial studies, legal analyses, tripartite consultations at global, regional and national levels, consultation and collaboration with our sister organizations in the UN system, dialogue
with the international financial institutions as well as with a large number of civil society organizations and, most prominently, intense discussions during three sessions of the International Labour Conference
(2001, 2011 and 2012).
The consensus that emerged from these consultations and discussions was finally, in June 2012, promulgated in the form of a new international labour standard: the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202). Consensus documents that have to be adopted in international or, as in this case, global decision-making
processes, often lose their “bite”, yet this document stands out as an exception.