The International Social Security Association (ISSA) will offer its members a rich programme of activities and events in 2022, culminating with the World Social Security Forum and General Assembly in October. Let’s have a look at what’s on during the year.
Between February and October, the ISSA will organize two regional forums, two international conferences, one forum for the technical commissions, four Bureau meetings, one Council meeting, one General Assembly and the World Social Security Forum (WSSF). Further details can be found below:
|123rd Meeting of the ISSA Bureau*
|Virtual Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific
|20th ISSA International Conference of Social Security Actuaries, Statisticians and Investment Specialists
|Regional Social Security Forum for Europe
|16th ISSA International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Social Security
|Second Vision Zero Summit
|16th ISSA Forum for Technical Commissions*
|124th Meeting of the ISSA Bureau*
|125th Meeting of the ISSA Bureau*
|World Social Security Forum
|34th ISSA General Assembly*
|39th Session of the ISSA Council*
|126th Meeting of the ISSA Bureau*
* Attendance at these meetings is restricted to members of the respective statutory bodies.
What’s on at the WSSF?
The World Social Security Forum is the culmination of the ISSA’s 2020-2022 programme and budget period and sets the course for the next three years. The triennium has been marked by COVID-19, and the WSSF will be an opportunity to look at all the developments and innovations undertaken by social security institutions to respond to the pandemic and its social and economic impacts. The ISSA will present a new global report on social security, new ISSA Guidelines on service continuity and resilience and the results of its project on long-term care, to mention just some of the important outputs. Good practices from ISSA member institutions will enrich the discussions in a mix of plenary and parallel sessions on the key topics covered during the triennium.
What are the international conferences?
The ISSA has a long history of organizing international conferences for its global membership. The 16th ISSA International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Social Security (ICT2022) will be hosted by the Estonian Social Insurance Board, representing a country that is world-renowned for its digital achievements. The 20th ISSA International Conference of Social Security Actuaries, Statisticians and Investment Specialists (ACT2022) will for the first time be organized as a virtual event. It represents a unique opportunity for global exchanges among these professions that play such a crucial role for the long-term sustainability of social security.
Why Asia-Pacific and Europe?
During every triennium, one forum is organized for each of the four ISSA regions. In 2022, time has come for the Virtual Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific (VSSF Asia-Pacific) and the Regional Social Security Forum for Europe (RSSF Europe). Just like VSSF Africa and VSSF Americas in 2021, the forum for Asia and the Pacific will be organized virtually. RSSF Europe, however, will be hosted by the Estonian Social Insurance Board, back-to-back with ICT2022. Highlights of the two regional forums will be the results of the regional ISSA Good Practice Award competitions.
What else is planned?
The 16th ISSA Forum for Technical Commissions (TC Forum) will be an important event to finalize the work of the Technical Commissions during this triennium. It’s an opportunity for all 13 technical commissions to meet and discuss horizontal issues. Together with the ISSA Secretariat, the technical commissions are preparing the new and revised ISSA Guidelines and several technical reports that will be presented at the WSSF in October.
The Second Vision Zero Summit will be an opportunity to take stock of the achievements of the campaign launched in 2017, which aims for a world of work that’s based on safety, health and well-being. The campaign has been a global success and has become a strategic tool for employers, social security institutions, governments, and international organizations.