ISSA and ILO support BRICS social security cooperation

An important milestone in the development of the social security cooperation between the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), was the adoption of the BRICS’ Ministerial Commitment to Sustainable and Universal Social Protection, during the Global Social Protection Week, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The BRICS cooperation is supported by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the ILO.

An important milestone in the development of the social security cooperation between the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), was the adoption of the BRICS’ Ministerial Commitment to Sustainable and Universal Social Protection, during the Global Social Protection Week, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The BRICS cooperation is supported by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the ILO.

The joint Commitment was announced by His Excellency Mr Leonardo Rolim, the Brazilian Social Security Secretary, on behalf of the BRICS countries at the High-Level Conference on Achieving SDG 1.3 and universal social protection in the context of the Future of Work, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 25-26 November 2019.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the BRICS social security authorities, the ILO leadership and the BRICS Virtual Liaison Officers for their important contribution to this historic event, also marking the Centenary of the ILO”, says Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the ISSA.

This important document supports the development of social security for the BRICS countries which represent more than 40 percent of the world's population  The main topics covered were also highlighted in the Declarations of the Ministers of Labour and Employment of the BRICS Countries from 2015 to 2019.

Key points of the Commitment are:

  1. To take due action to further promote social insurance and formal employment which are fundamental for ensuring universal, adequate and sustainable social protection;
  2. To promote and implement both contributory and non-contributory social security programmes for the purpose of achieving sustainable social security coverage for all;
  3. To take due action to enhance the cross-border portability of social security benefits through the conclusion of social security agreements among BRICS countries;
  4. To take due action to further build comprehensive social security systems as guided by ILO social security standards, including Convention No. 102 and Recommendation No. 202, as well as the ISSA guidelines for social security administration.

The ISSA and the ILO jointly host a Virtual Liaison Office to coordinate the Social Security Cooperation Framework of the BRICS countries.


A new International Social Security Association (ISSA) flagship report demonstrates how social security institutions worldwide are innovating to adapt to the digital economy and new forms of work, tackle demographic changes, extending coverage and meeting growing public expectations. The report is published on the occasion of the World Social Security Forum.

In a world marked by ever more rapid technological, economic and demographic changes, social security institutions are finding new and innovative ways to tackle these challenges, as well as improve and extend social protection. By the middle of this century, the world population is expected to grow to almost 10 billion, with people living longer and needing new forms of care. In the same time period, 30% of tasks may be automated in a majority of today’s jobs.

“Social security institutions in all regions of the world are drivers of innovation and solutions. These changes will help provide better services for more people in the coming years”, said Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the International Social Security Association on the occasion of the launch of the World Social Security Forum and the new flagship report on 10 Global Challenges for Social Security – Developments and Innovation 2019.

Global challenges, regional variations

The report ends a three year long project, which started with the first global report in 2016, followed by regional reports for Africa (2017), the Americas (2017), Asia and the Pacific (2018) and Europe (2019). The ISSA has built on the knowledge of more than 320 member institutions in over 150 countries, who on a daily basis provide social protection to more than three billion people. While social security institutions face similar challenges, their priorities vary between regions.

Closing the coverage gap remains a top global challenge, ranked highest in Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions, and among the top three challenges in the Americas. Still today, around half of the world population is without any form of social protection. The ISSA has joined the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection by 2030, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In Europe, labour markets and the digital economy is the most important priority for social security institutions. Tackling the growth in platform workers and the self-employed to ensure that they are fully protected has been a key focus both in the European Union and in many European countries. Health and long-term care is another important challenge, which ranks high in all regions.

Regional rankings of social security challenges

Regional ranking

Sharing experiences to address the challenges

The ISSA’s flagship report on 10 Global Challenges for Social Security – Developments and Innovation 2019 is published on the occasion of the World Social Security Forum, organized by the International Social Security Association in Brussels, Belgium, 14-18 October 2019. Close to 1300 leaders and experts in social security will share experiences and innovative solutions to tackle challenges they have in common, with the aim to improve the protection of people in a changing world.

The World Social Security Forum is hosted by the public social security institutions of Belgium, also marking 75 years of social security in Belgium.

Related

10 Global Challenges for Social Security website
10 Global Challenges for Social Security 2019 report

 


To support the BRICS countries in their efforts to strengthen cooperation on social security, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) launches a Virtual Liaison Office in cooperation with the International Labour Office (ILO).

On 11 June 2019, the first meeting of the BRICS Liaison Officers on Social Security is being organized at the ISSA General Secretariat in Geneva. This is also the occasion to launch the BRICS Virtual Liaison Office on social security, including an online cooperation platform hosted on the ISSA web portal. This is a practical tool to facilitate contact and information sharing between the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“The BRICS countries are key partners for the ISSA and play a central role in global efforts to ensure strong and dynamic social security systems and institutions. By working together, we can also strengthen our efforts in expanding social security coverage in line with the Sustainable Development Goals”, says Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the ISSA.

The Virtual Liaison Office is based on an agreement signed in 2018 at the Fourth BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Durban, South Africa. The ministers agreed on stronger cooperation with the aim to improve social security systems and administration, exchange on social security agreements, and promote international standards and guidelines.

In the Durban agreement, the ISSA and ILO were given a central role in facilitating cooperation, under the guidance and management of the BRICS Employment Working Group. The cooperation takes into consideration both the relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations on social security and the implementation of the ISSA Guidelines for social security administration.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda includes the objective to implement social protection systems and measures for all by 2030. The ISSA recently joined the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection.


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