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. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 63

    Reversing pension privatization: Rebuilding public pension systems in Eastern European and Latin American countries (2000-18)

    31 October 2018

  2. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 64

    Pension Privatization and Reversal of Pension Reforms in Argentina

    30 October 2018

  3. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 65

    Reversing pension privatization in Bolivia

    30 October 2018

  4. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 66

    Reversing privatization and re-nationalizing pensions in Hungary

    30 October 2018