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Rio+20: UN Panel confirms Social Protection is key for sustainable development

A Social Protection Floor is seen as vital to help vulnerable communities to achieve resilience

The ITUC welcomes the UN Social Protection Report presented this week to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by former President of Chile and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, and ILO Director General Juan Somavia

On sustainable development, the report "shows how social protection has helped to stabilize aggregate demand in times of crisis and to increase resilience against economic shocks, contributing to accelerate recovery and more inclusive and sustainable development paths".

On the Social Protection Floor Initiative, the report highlights how it "represents an effective tool to accelerate the achievement of MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), helping to chart a more sustainable development path".

As part of the ITUC demands for Rio+20, trade unions demand the recognition in Rio of social protection systems as key tools to build resilience and call for the maintaining and strengthening of existing social protection systems. Trade unions also demand heads of state to implement the Universal Social Protection Floor initiative by 2020.

You can download the full report here