Social protection

Only 27 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage and more than half lack any coverage at all. The ILO actively promotes policies and provides assistance to countries to help extend adequate levels of social protection to all members of society. Social security involves access to health care and income security, particularly in cases of old age, unemployment, sickness, invalidity, work injury, maternity or loss of a main income earner.

The “Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All” builds on efforts already underway in more than 30 countries. These include projects to help countries extend coverage at the national level and to strengthen community-based social security organizations.


  1. Conference on universal social protection

    Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection

    New-York, 21 September

    The World Bank Group and the ILO, together with other leading development agencies, will meet during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly to present the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection. The event will bring together heads of government, diplomats and experts to showcase evidence from more than 20 countries that have achieved universal social protection coverage, and will present the diverse approaches available to make universal social protection an achievable objective as part of every Member State’s plan to realize the SDGs.


  1. Media advisory

    ILO to host major universal social protection conference

    29 January 2019

  2. Publication

    Challenges and opportunities for decent work in the culture and media sectors

    14 January 2019

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°40

    What drives old age work in China?

    24 December 2018

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°38

    Corporate Social Responsibility: Exploring determinants and complementarities

    14 December 2018

Events and trainings

  1. International Conference

    Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030

    5 February 2019

  2. Social Protection for Children

    International Conference on Universal Child Grants

    6 - 8 February 2019

  3. International Event

    Global Social Protection Week

    24 - 29 November 2019