ISSA Webinar: Social security, climate change and green economy considerations in the Americas

10 May 2022 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Social security, climate change and green economy considerations in the Americas

10 May 2022 | Virtual

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 17:00–18:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Climate change is one of the largest existential threats to humankind. The consequences of climate change create new risks to income security and people’s livelihoods and exacerbate the need for social security protection.

Social security can play multiple roles in the transition to a greener economy and the responses to climate change. Importantly, these roles go beyond strengthening resilience and the protection it provides to people against the social and economic impact of climate change. It can also play an active role in limiting climate change and facilitating the transition towards carbon neutrality.

This includes for instance the adoption of rigorous climate-friendly investment approaches for social security funds and the support to employees in sectors negatively affected by green economic transitions. In addition, organizational practices can be transformed to reduce the environmental footprint of social security institutions themselves. Institutions can also contribute to mainstreaming environmental protection considerations in social dialogue and in their dealings with millions of clients every day.

These are only some examples of how social security institutions can contribute to environmental sustainability. In a context where urgent responses and actions are needed, this ISSA Webinar will share current approaches, measures and policies taken by institutions to reduce their environmental footprint, support societal climate protection objectives and support resilience.

Keynote speaker

Marie-Christina Dankmeyer Marie-Christina Dankmeyer, Social Protection and Climate Change Specialist, Social Protection Department, International Labour Office (ILO)


Paquita González Haug Paquita González Haug, Environment and Human Safety Director, Social Insurance Fund of Costa Rica (CCSS), Costa Rica
Jeffrey Hodgson Jeffrey Hodgson, Managing Director, Global Stakeholder Affairs, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments)
Andrés Molina Andrés Molina, Director of PROEZA, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • How can social security institutions adjust their organizational practices to reduce their environmental footprint?
  • What measures can social security institutions adopt to facilitate, support and promote an economy- and society-wide green transition?
  • How can social security strengthen resilience and protect people against the uncertainties that climate change creates for their income security and livelihoods?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  • Technical introduction by the ILO
  • Case experience of CCSS, Costa Rica
  • Case experience of CPPIB, Canada
  • Case experience of PROEZA Programme in Paraguay, FAO
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Mariano Brener Moderated by Mariano Brener, Reginal Coordinator for the Americas, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.