Social justice, human rights and social security
The United Nations has designated 20 February as the World Day of Social Justice. The World Day recognizes that society must be based on social justice, a respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms – and on the right to social security for all.
Social justice has been at the heart of social security developments for more than a century. Social security systems protect people against the risks of life, thereby reinforcing social cohesion, stability and solidarity.
This concern for the social dimension has been shared by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) since its inception, as expressed in the ISSA's constitutional mandate, "to co-operate, at the international level, in the promotion and development of social security throughout the world in order to advance the social and economic conditions of the population on the basis of social justice."