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Social Protection

Building social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems

WSPR 2017 - 2019


World Social Protection Report 2017 - 19 :
Universal social protection to achieve the sustainable development goals

This ILO flagship report provides a global overview of recent trends in social protection systems, including social protection floors (SDG 1.3).

The report analyses the current state of social protection for children, for women and men of working age, for persons with disabilities and for older persons, following a life-cycle approach. It showcases countries that have achieved universal social protection.


The report also denounces how short-term fiscal consolidation or austerity reforms are undermining long-term progress, and calls for policies to extend social protection coverage with adequate benefit levels to achieve the SDGs.

Based on new data, the report offers a broad range of global, regional and country data on social protection coverage, benefits and public expenditures on social protection. It presents new estimates on effective social protection coverage for a comprehensive monitoring of social protection systems, including floors, thereby providing the 2015 baseline to monitor the SDG indicator 1.3.1.