Toolkit on ILO Social Security Standards

Learn, Ratify and Apply

This Toolkit was developed with the aim of raising awareness about ILO social security standards and promoting their ratification as well as increasing their impact and application in national contexts. The toolkit provides very practical and useful insights as to the ratification procedure, model instruments of ratification as well as interactive information on the relevance and key provisions of these standards.

Discover ILO Social Security Standards & why ratifying them is important?

As a standard-setting organization, the ILO has developed a comprehensive set of international social security Conventions and Recommendations. These instruments establish the core principles on which comprehensive social security systems should be based, as well as the key parameters ensuring their sustainability and adequacy.

ILO Social Security Standards

Click on the documents below to find out more about what makes ILO social security standards unique and why ratifying them is important for ILO member States.

Take the quiz on Convention No. 102
Social Security (Minimum Standards)


How to ratify ILO Social Security Conventions?

ILO Conventions are international treaties open to ratification by ILO member States. The ratification process of international treaties is determined by every country's Constitution. Nonetheless, there are steps that are common to most ratification processes as well as good practices identified over the years by the ILO that can guide and assist ILO constituents willing to embark on the process of ratifying an ILO Convention.

Main steps common to ratification processes

Click on the documents below for more information on how to ratify ILO social security Conventions as well as specific country examples on the process leading to the ratification of ILO social security Conventions.

Reference documents

Comparative assessments between ILO social security standards and national law and practice

Ratification briefs documenting national ratification processes

Status of ratification of up-to-date Social Security Conventions