ICSW Europe International Workshop - Tbilisi, Georgia 2015

Participants of the ICSW Europe international workshop “Social Protection Floors – Regional and International Experiences” in Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 October 2015, share the Social Platform position on social situation in Europe.

(N.B. Social Platform is the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe. Consisting of 48 pan-European networks of NGOs, we campaign to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives.)

In time of political crisis over migration and alarmingly high poverty, social exclusion and inequality, the claim that Europe is in economic recovery remains a myth for many people across Europe. Job creation alone is not enough, especially given the current in-work poverty epidemic and rising job insecurity.

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What Kind of International Support for Social Protection Floors?

by Barry Herman
from Global Newsletter - November 2015

The proposal for the establishment of a new global fund for social protection was made in 2012 by the two then Special Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council, Olivier de Schutter and Magdalena Sepúlveda. In their view, while “the costs of providing basic social protection may be affordable when estimated globally, for many countries the domestic costs still may be beyond their capacity, even if they were to devote their maximum available resources to that objective”. In that light a special, solidarity-based financing mechanism guaranteeing the support of the international community to countries that may be in need of such support to introduce or complete national social protections floors should be created. (UNHCHR Briefing Note 7 http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Food/20121009_GFSP_en.pdf ).

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ISCW Expert Meeting, Basel Switzerland, November 9-10, 2015

Social benefit – development, challenges, consequences
A Comparative Perspective: Austria, Germany and Switzerland

All proceedings will be in German, there will be no interpretation into English. All our members are very welcome to participate. Those who are interested in participation are kindly requested to contact Anita Berisha at SKOS (ICSW Switzerland): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, click here for the programme guide