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ISSA contributes to OECD Ministerial on Social Policy

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) has been invited to contribute to the OECD Ministerial meeting and Policy Forum on Social Policy in Canada on 14-15 May 2018. The ISSA’s President, Dr Joachim Breuer, will speak on the issue of how to close coverage gaps in social protection.

As ministers responsible for social policy from over 35 OECD and partner countries meet in Montréal, they will embark on issues linked to Social Policy for Shared Prosperity. Globalization, digitalization, automation and demographic changes are rapidly changing the world of work, and also have a great impact on social security. As more short-term and unconventional contracts become the norm, and self-employment is on the rise, the ambition of universal social protection is challenged. This requires new and effective responses in terms of social policy, and this OECD High-Level Policy Forum gives ministers, officials and experts the opportunity to exchange and discuss the challenges, possible solutions and to learn about good practices from other countries.

How to modernize social protection systems to better incorporate workers in non-standard jobs is one of the key topics of the meeting, and ISSA President Dr Joachim Breuer will speak in a session on “Leaving no one behind: Targeting Gaps in Social Protection”. The session will look at how countries can close existing coverage gaps, which may be amplified by current developments if not actively addressed. In particular, it is important to look out which types of jobs and workers tend to lack social security coverage and how to change that. While political decisions are crucial to address these issues, social security administrations innovate to address barriers to access to coverage and play a key role in implementing policies in an effective way.

With close to 320 social security organizations from 153 countries as members, the ISSA has access to rich knowledge and experience in this area. Through its Centre of Excellence, the ISSA provides internationally recognized guidelines, training and recognition for social security organizations on  administrative solutions for extending social security coverage. The ISSA also holds more than 100 good practices on the topic available in an online database. These good practices are contributions by ISSA member organizations that have participated in the ISSA Good Practice Awards.

The ISSA is the only international organization to have been invited to present its experience at the Policy Forum, and will contribute alongside researchers and experts from renowned institutions from Chile, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K., in addition to political representatives and the OECD.

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