High Level UN Side event on Social Protection as Strategy fo address Inequality and Challenges of Social Inclusion

  1. Title of the event: Social Protection as a Strategy to Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion.

Date: 13th February 2019 Time: 11:30 am- 12:45pm   Venue: Conf. Room 12

  1. Speakers:
  • Moderator, Winifred Doherty, NGO Representative to the UN. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity and Good Shepherd.
  • Daniela Bas, Director, DESA / Division on Inclusive Social Development
  • E. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations.
  • E. Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative, of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations.
  • E. Samson Itegboje, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.
  • Barry Heyman, Professor, New School for Social Research, New York
  • Andrew Allimadi, Coordinator Cooperative Issues UNDESA / DISD
  • Ify Ofong, Representative to the United Nations, Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment.
  1. Objectives of the event

The objective of this side event is to highlight how Social protection as a strategy will address inequalities and challenges of social inclusion, and the role of cooperatives in reducing inequalities and social exclusion.

  1. The key messages.

To eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development for all, inequalities as well as the challenges of social inclusion must be addressed.

Cooperatives have been identified as one of the tools to integrate people in the development of the country and rebuild its economy.

Resources, institutions, capacity, technology, and commitment are needed to address social exclusion.

Some of the factors fueling poverty in our communities include lack of employment, unpaid labor cost including child care and lack of finance.

In implementing sustainable social protection programs, we need to extend coverage to the informal sectors through registration of informal business.

Social assistance should be combined with social insurance program in order to effectively reduce poverty particularly in developing countries.

To achieve social inclusion women empowerment is largely encouraged through a balance legal frame work and entrepreneurship.

Adequate education policy should be put in place to address inequalities and challenges to social inclusion.

Environmental damages constitutes to climate change problems and natural disasters.

With adequate policies, political will and effective tax system, low and middle-income countries can afford universal social protection.

  1. Outcomes and/or recommendations

Social Protection policies needed to address gender inequality and women empowerment.

Countries should develop financial social protection mechanism to mitigate national disasters and the role big institutions play in re-insuring such risk.

The principle of Leave No One Behind should be accepted both in action and spirit.

More attention should be paid to disabilities.

Cooperatives are tools to rebuilding the economy.

Private sector should be involved in enhancing cooperatives.

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