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the past 100 years many countries have developed progressively more comprehensive social protection systems embedded in law. Despite significant progress in the extension ofsocial protection, the large majority of the global population, notably workers in the informal economy, enjoys only limited protection, if any at all.
The ILO estimates that today more than half of the world’s population (or 4 billion people) live without any form of social protection.This massive social protection gap is not acceptable from a human rights perspective. It is also a missed opportunity from a developmental point of view.
The side event will provide an overview of the historical development of social protection in countries and will launch a call for action to achieve universal social protection for all. A panel discussion with policy makers from countries that have made significant progress in the expansion of universal social protection for all, developed comprehensive social protection systems including floors, increased fiscal space for social protection, or developed innovative solutions to expand coverage to those left behind.
PSI Head of Campaigns is one of the panel speakers and will be highlighting the role of workers and employers organizations in shaping social protection systems and floors, and achieving USP.