Placing Social Protection at the Heart of the Development Agenda

At the upcoming European Development Days (Brussels, October 16-17th) ITUC and the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs will host a high level event on the place of social protection in the development agenda. The event will feature a number of high-level speakers, including ITUC Secretary General Ms Sharan Burrow and the European Commissioner for Development Mr Andris Piebalgs.

Placing Social Protection at the Heart of the Development Agenda

Access to basic guarantees of social protection is a human right and a way of reducing inequalities and ensuring resilience. Recent crises confirm the need to complement economic growth with social measures to warrant inclusive and sustainable development, reduce poverty and vulnerability.

France put social protection at the forefront of its G20 G20 The Group of Twenty, or G20, is a forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together 19 countries and the European Union, which together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two thirds of the world’s population. Presidency. In 2012, the World Bank adopted a Strategy on Social Protection, the ILO developed the Social Protection Floors approach highlighting the role of social dialogue, freedom of association and collective bargaining. The EU just adopted a Communication on social protection in development policy. This panel offers an open platform to discuss social protection in development policies, focusing on implementation in the field.

Speakers:
- Ms Sharan BURROW, Secretary-General of the Internationl Trade Union Confederation
- Mr Pascal CANFIN, Deputy Minister for Development, France
- Ms Awa COLL SECK, Minister of Health, Senegal
- Mr Andris PIEBALGS, European Commissioner for Developement
- Mr Michel CHICHON, Director of Social Security Sector, International Labour Organisation
- Mr Jean-Marie SPAETH, president of the Groupement d’Interet Public Santé Protection Sociale Internationale

Moderator: Ms Giorgia Giovanetti, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Date and place: October 16th at Tours & Taxis, Brussels

The panel is a part of the European Development Days 2012. Access for registered participants only.

For more information please visit the EDDs website or contact Paola Simonetti, ITUC (paola.simonetti@ituc-csi.org).