Social Protection

Building social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems

One-UN National Social Protection Floor Teams

Updated by Victoria Giroud-Castiella on 25.02.2015

In April 2009, the UN System’s Chief Executives Board for Co-ordination (CEB) launched the Social Protection Floor Initiative. Endorsed by UN Member States at the Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development, and supported by the G20 and many other fora, the Initiative garnered significant attention and momentum. 

UN-wide implementation was given a boost in June 2012 when governments, employers, and workers adopted the path-breaking ILO Recommendation Concerning National Floors of Social Protection (No. 202) in 2012.

The UNDG Chair, Helen Clark, and ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, requested all UN Resident Co-ordinators and UN Country Teams to consider a number of specific steps to advance this work (Letter from UNDG Chair and ILO Director General to all UN Resident Co-ordinators and UN Country Teams):

1. Building, or where they already exist, strengthening One UN national social protection floor teams, which should include committed UN organization representatives, relevant national stakeholders, and development partners.

2. Supporting national dialogues, including within Governments, on potential options for designing and implementing locally appropriate Social Protection Floors (SPFs), consistent with relevant provisions in the ILO Recommendation, and related initiatives - such as WHO’s work on universal health coverage and existing national development priorities and strategies.

3. Assisting countries to undertake analysis of social protection needs and gaps, optional measures which would close these gaps, tools to monitor progress, and possible sources of financing, with the hope of increasing floors over time.

4. In the context of preparing United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs), promoting SPFs as instruments to advance inclusive and sustainable development.

5. Working with national statistical offices to strengthen their ability to collect the data needed to analyse social protection needs and existing provisions, disaggregated by factors such as gender, age, and geographical locality. Promote an efficient and co-ordinated UN country teams approach to data collection and capacity support.

For more information contact the ILO social protection specialists or