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Finding Ways Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Rights-Based Social Protection Systems

Date: 17 Sep 2015

  • Time: 9:00
  • Location: International Labour Organization, Geneva
  • Donor(s): Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
  • Counterpart(s): ILO, OHCHR, ECLAC, ESCWA, FAO, ESCAP, UN Women
  • Project Title: Linking Social Protection and Human Rights



This event is the second of a series of activities taking place over two days to officially launch the Social Protection and Human Rights platform. For more information about day one, click here.

Organized by UNRISD and ILO on behalf of the partners of Social Protection and Human Rights, an online resource platform, this is the second of a series of activities taking place over two days to officially launch the platform. This event, combining expert panels and roundtable discussions, brings together representatives from international organizations, governments and civil society organizations to discuss challenges, good practices and ways forward in implementing universal rights-based social protection.

The Social Protection and Human Rights platform was designed to provide policy makers and practitioners with a clear explanation of fundamental principles and relevant instruments, examples of jurisprudence, and an inclusive space for engagement around experiences, best practices and innovative solutions. This is a unique combination of resources that won’t be found elsewhere.

Workshop Format and Panellists


This event will bring together representatives from international organizations, governments and civil society organizations to discuss challenges, good practices and ways forward in implementing universal rights-based social protection.

The workshop will consist of five sessions, including an introduction to the platform and partner organizations, expert panels and roundtable / open discussions.

The event will be held English. It will be recorded, and audio-visual materials will be made publically available.

Opening, moderation and closing

Magdalena Sepulveda, Former Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

Panellist

Affiliation

Isabel Ortiz

Director, ILO Social Protection Department

Katja Hujo

Senior Research Coordinator, UNRISD
Ann BlombergHuman Rights Specialist, UN Women

Christian Courtis

Human Rights Officer, OHCHR

Jane Hodges

Senior Research Associate, UNRISD

Andrés Scagliola

Director of Public Policy, Social Development Department of the City of Montevideo

Katariina Sario

Senior Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Yvonne Theemann

Senior Programme Officer, FES Geneva

Raquel Gonzalez

Director, ITUC Geneva

Maya Takagi

Senior social Protection Officer, FAO

Mabel Grossi

Middle East and North Africa Project Coordinator, SOLIDAR

Stephen Kidd

Director, Development Pathways

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Professor, University of East Anglia



If you are interested in attending as an observer, please email sp_hr[at]unrisd.org.

About the Platform

The Social Protection and Human Rights resource platform was developed by UNRISD in collaboration with the former Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, to bridge the gap between the human rights and social protection disciplines and capitalize on the parallel developments in the public discussion.

ILO’s Social Protection Department joined in 2014, allowing the platform to migrate from the UNRISD website to a standalone one. Subsequently, six more partners have joined the initiative. In addition to UNRISD and ILO, the platform partners are:

  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
  • the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA),
  • the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),
  • the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and
  • the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

While the fields of social protection and human rights are being driven closer together thanks to increasing awareness of inequality and vulnerability, there are still gaps in designing and implementing effective programmes that provide comprehensive coverage. Although social protection is an internationally recognized right, implementing a rights-based approach to social protection involves a range of overlapping and interdependent rights, which means that assumptions about approaches in both the human rights and social protection fields need to be challenged.

Photo credit: "A Man's Point of View" by DFID - UK Department for International Development (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr)