Side Event at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Monday 22 May, 2017, in the context of advocacy for a strengthened negotiated outcome document
A side event on financing social protection floors (SPFs) was held on Monday 22 May, 2017, on the occasion of the UN in New York from 22 to 25 May 2017. The event was entitled "Financing social protection floors throughout economic cycles", and was organized jointly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Brot für die Welt and SocDevJustice on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.
The side event was in the context of advocacy for strengthening the internationally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the FfD Follow-up Forum regarding social protection. That text called for expanded peer learning and experience-sharing among countries and regions, and encouraged “support for capacity building to help countries…design and implement nationally appropriate social protection systems….” The agreed conclusions further invited the IATF “to prepare an inventory of domestic and international financial instruments and funding modalities” in its next report, which would be discussed at the 2018 session of FfD Follow-up Forum (E/FFDF/2017/3, para 7), the point being that crises multiply the imperatives of social protection.
The list of Speakers comprised: H.E. Mr. Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations; Mr. Stephan Reichert, Deputy Head of Division, Donor Relations and Financing for Development, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany; Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations, International Labour Organisation (ILO); Mr. Roberto Bissio, Coordinator, Social Watch/Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors; Ms. Serpil Bouza, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF); Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief, Policy Analysis and Development Branch, Financing for Development Office/United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.Ms. Gemma Adaba, SocDevJustice/Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors moderated the session.