The IFSW supports the Internal Labour Organizations (ILO) recommendation 202 concerning ‘National Floors on Social Protection’.
Social Protection Floors give guarantees for basic income security and access to essential health care and education for all. Currently about 80% of the world’s peoples have no access to social protection systems and live in social insecurity facing a complete loss of income when a personal, economic or environmental crisis occurs.
IFSW along with more than 70 NGOs is member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, which is calling for the human right to social security to be realized by 2030 and to be one goal included in the post 2015 Development Goals.
IFSW Secretary General, Dr Rory Truell said, “Social Protection Floors are a vitally important element within the raft of strategies and actions need to confront poverty and disadvantage. Without SPFs and reliable income there can be no sustainable wellbeing. Social protection is a basic human right. It is a gross global failure in the realization of human rights that so few people have access to social and health security”.
Klaus Kühne IFSW’s Main Representative to the United Nations in Geneva said, “Social workers have an important role to play in the implementation of social protections systems and in the delivery of social welfare benefits”. “Our focus is to get the right social services to support people find sustainable answers to social problems, but this is only possible when services are available for all people, not just 20% of the worlds population”.
To read the statement from the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors click here.