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New ISSA report: 10 global challenges for social security – Americas

Social security professionals have identified the priority challenges for social security in the Americas. Key issues relate to the impacts of population ageing, meeting health and long-term care needs and closing the coverage gap. These and other challenges require strategic and often innovative responses by social security policy-makers and administrators, according to a new report published by the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

The ISSA report, 10 global challenges for social security – Americas, is the result of research, analysis and consultation with more than 25 government departments and social security institutions in the Americas.

The report accompanies the Regional Social Security Forum for the Americas, hosted by the Social Insurance Bank in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 22 to 24 November 2017, in the presence of more than 250 delegates from across the Americas.

Recognizing that government and public administrations are faced with an increasingly volatile and complex environment, the report analyses how social security systems are impacted by a number of global challenges, and provides evidence from the Americas of how national social security bodies can mitigate risks and prepare for the future.

The ten challenges for social security in the Americas, in priority order, presented in the ISSA report are:

  • Population ageing
  • Health and long-term care
  • Closing the coverage gap
  • The technological transition
  • Employment of young workers
  • Inequalities across the life course
  • Higher public expectations
  • Labour markets and the digital economy
  • New risks, shocks and extreme events
  • Protection of migrant workers

Managing risks

“The convergence of political commitment, economic development and improved administration mean that in the Americas levels of social security protection are at an all-time high,” said ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolewsky presenting the report.

“This context provides a window of opportunity to anticipate the challenges to social security in the Americas, but will require governments and institutions to develop comprehensive and strategic responses to ensure the continued growth and development of social security across the continent”, he noted.

Greater innovation to ensure sustainability

The ISSA report highlights effective responses by social security institutions in the Americas to anticipate and adapt to the changing context, and sets out examples of best practice. The report underlines that greater innovation will be needed to ensure sustainable schemes for future generations.

As a unique international platform for social security administrations, the ISSA has developed programmes to facilitate exchange and enhance innovation, and new initiatives will be presented at the Regional Social Security Forum for the Americas.

The new report will frame the discussions at the Forum, which is one of the most important gathering of social security policy-makers and leaders in the Americas, involving over 250 representatives from more than 30 countries.

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