Exchanging Experiences, Expanding Opportunities

Winning the Fight against Poverty and Inequality

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February, 2015

The everyday life of millions of people around the world, from North to South and from East to West, shows that access to adequate social protection remains a privilege for the few. 73% of the world’s population does not have access to comprehensive social security systems (they may be partially covered, or simply not covered at all). Less than 30% of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage.9 million children under the age of five die every year from diseases that are largely preventable. More than one billion people live on less than US$1.25 a day– a shameful situation.
This is a reality that affects both developing and developed countries. In the European Union, for example, non-EU citizens and young people between 15 and 24 years not in employment, education or training (the so called NEETs) are likely to lack access to adequate full social protection floor.
To highlight the role social protection plays in eradicating and preventing poverty and creating social and economic development on November 2014, SOLIDAR, Brot für die Welt and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, together with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from all around the world and members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors*, organized the ‘Universal Social Protection Lobby Tour’ to demand EU representatives to:
1. Recognize that social protection is a human right which enables the fulfilment of other rights.
2. Support the inclusion of an implementation target, by 2030, of universal and comprehensive social protection systems and quality nationally-defined social protection floors (such as outlined in ILO Recommendation 202), in the post-2015 development cooperation framework.
3. Support the CSO’s role in the design, monitoring, evaluation and, where relevant, the implementation of universal social protection systems and floors (including the design of legal frameworks).This Briefing Paper presents the views of some participants in the ‘Universal Social Protection Advocacy Tour’ and the ‘Call to Action5’ for Universal Social Protection subscribed by more than 30 CSOs calling upon EU Governments to support this transformative agenda for change.

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