The global report on recent developments and trends in social security, Dynamic Social Security: Securing social stability and economic development , is published to coincide with the World Social Security Forum, which opens in Cape Town, South Africa, on 29 November.
The Forum is the largest global gathering of social security administrators and policy-makers, and will consider how social security systems can respond to economic upheaval and social transformation.
Commenting on the report, the ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolewsky underlined that social security systems need to adapt to confront major challenges – including population ageing, changes in family structures, evolving labour markets and increasing economic globalization – and would need to innovate further to meet the social needs of populations.
“The societal and political position of social security has been reinforced as a result of the crisis,” Mr. Konkolewsky confirmed. But he recognized that crisis-induced increased expenditures, together with a loss of contribution revenues and growing fiscal restraint, were pushing some institutions to their limits.
“To sustain current systems and further extend social security to unprotected populations requires integrated and proactive policy responses and innovative measures to develop more accessible, sustainable and high-performing administrations and programmes,” he stated.
Among the report’s main findings:
The Developments and Trends Global Report 2010: Dynamic Social Security: Securing social stability and economic development , is being launched simultaneously in Geneva and Cape Town on 29 November, and may be downloaded in English, French, German and Spanish from the ISSA Website: www.issa.int
Daily coverage of the World Social Security Forum available at: www.issa.int/wssf2010