Social Protection

Social Protection Floor

The Social Protection Floor is a global social policy approach to ensure universal access to at least the following guarantees:

  • Access to essential health care, including maternity care;
  • Basic income security for children (eg. family allowances);
  • Basic income security for persons in active age who are unable to work (eg. social protection benefits for persons with disabilities, unemployed, maternity);
  • Basic income security for older persons (eg. pensions).

Recognizing the importance of ensuring social protection for all, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (UNCEB) adopted, in April 2009, the Social Protection Floor initiative, as one of the nine UN joint initiatives to cope with the effects of the economic crisis. This Initiative was reinforced in 2012 when government, employers and workers adopted the Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202) in 2012. In March 2014, the UNDG Chair, Helen Clark, and ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, renewed this engagement.

Currently, UN agencies are working together as one in the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I), with support from the new UN Joint Fund Window for Social Protection Floors.


ILO Experts

Victoria Giroud-Castiella
Social Protection Officer
Clara van Panhuys