Last week (May 6), the Financing for Development (FfD) Conference facilitators released the revised draft outcome document. This revised draft of the Addis Accord recognises Social Protection as one of the four core concrete cross-cutting areas (together with hunger, infrastructure, and financial access for SMEs) where concrete initiatives are needed in order to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More in particular paragraph 11 on Delivering social protection and essential public services for all states that “…In our effort to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, we commit to implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, with a focus on those furthest below the poverty line and people in vulnerable situations …"
The possibility of establishing a global fund for social protection is also mentioned. Paragraph 28, under the chapter Domestic Public Resources indicates that: “….We agree to support national efforts with commensurate international cooperation and finance… to ensure that by 2030, every woman, every child and every family has access to a nationally agreed package of essential services. We will explore the most effective, efficient and coherent funding modalities to do this, including the possibility of global funds…”.
While welcoming this revised proposal, SOLIDAR considers that a less positive note is the fact that this second draft does not make reference to the ILO Recommendation 202 on National Floors of Social Protection (R202). Being the R202 an internationally agreed standard that defines the elements of social protection floors as well as the principles that should guide their design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, the explicit reference to it is necessary in order to clearly know what we are talking about when we refer to Social Protection.
The next FfD negotiations rounds (26-29 May, 01-05 June and 15-19 June) will be crucial to ensure Governments’ strong support to the set up and scale up of National Floors of Social Protection (as per ILO Recommendation 202).
SOLIDAR - together with the members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors - will work towards this goal!
-* A Global Fund for Social Protection Floors: Proposal by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.