Social Protection, a tool to combat poverty, a step forward towards 2030

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Social Protection, a tool to combat poverty, a step forward towards 2030

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Imagine a world where all older persons receive a pension; a world where all people with severe disabilities receive benefits for a life in dignity. Imagine a world where all women receive maternity and child support so kids can eat, study and play; a world where there is support for those who are poor or without jobs. A world where no one is left behind. This is the world we want in 2030. A world with no poverty and fewer inequalities, a world with social protection for all.

 

 

Less than half the world’s population are covered by at least one social protection scheme:

 

Social protection systems have an important role in protecting the most vulnerable. They are fundamental to preventing and reducing poverty and inequality at every stage of people’s lives. Benefits for children, mothers with newborns, persons with disabilities, older persons and those who are poor and without jobs help ensure that no one is left behind. Preliminary data show that in 2016, only 45 per cent of the world’s population were covered by at least one social protection cash benefit, and that the proportion varied widely-across countries and regions. Sub-Saharan Africa had the lowest coverage, with about 13 per cent of its population covered by at least one social protection benefit, versus 86 per cent of the population in Europe and Northern America.

 

The lack of adequate social protection systems add to the vulnerability of the poor. If these systems are well designed, they can help prevent and reduce poverty and inequality at every stage of life.

The proportion of vulnerable populations covered under social protection scheme is still low. In 2016, only 22 per cent of the unemployed worldwide received unemployment benefits, 28 per cent of people with severe disabilities collected a disability pension, 35 per cent of children were covered by social protection, 41 per cent of women giving birth received maternity benefits, and 68 per cent of people above retirement age collected a pension.

 

 

Social protection scheme coverage varies widely by type of benefit, with many vulnerable groups left behind:

In 2016, 68 per cent of people above retirement age received a pension. However, this global average masks large regional differences. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 22 per cent of people above retirement age received a pension in 2016, while in Europe and Northern America, pension coverage is almost universal. Other vulnerable groups also lack social protection. In 2016, only 22 per cent of the unemployed worldwide received unemployment benefits, 28 per cent of people with severe disabilities collected a disability pension, 35 per cent of children were covered by social protection, and 41 per cent of women giving birth received maternity benefits.
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All around the world, social protection specialists from different UN agencies support governments to implement social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems. This is a two-step approach:

(1) supporting governments to adopt national social protection strategies through national dialogue, and

(2) supporting the design or reform of social protection schemes, the development of relevant legal frameworks, and the implementation of such schemes. The joint effort would further help to fulfil proposed sustainable development targets on reducing inequalities.


Source : unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2017

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