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ILO Social Protection Report 2014/15 - Rethink Social Security Cuts

Tuesday 03rd Jun 2014 (Latest News, Global, Social Protection)

Duration:                                                  00:03:50

Location:                                                   press conference coverage from Geneva, Switzerland

& archive b-roll from Namibia, Malawi, Thailand, Greece, Spain

Production date:                                 2 June 2014

Audio:                                                        nat sound

Rights:                                                         All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license:  

Video type:                                             B-roll

Keywords:                                                social protection, social security, unemployment benefits

Contact:                                                     Sandra Kuchen, ILO Multimedia, 0041 79 824 8074,


A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) presents the latest social security trends and finds that most people are without adequate social protection at a time when it is most needed.

Please find below the password-protected link where you can access the executive summaries as well as the press releases in English, French and Spanish of the embargoed report: “World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice”. The executive summary is or will be also available shortly in other languages: Arabic, Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian.  The full report (available only in English) will be put online as soon as it becomes available.

 Login: ILO_Embargoed                    Pword: wsPr.2014            (case sensitive)

To interview the report’s authors please contact Karen Naets-Sekiguchi, or  Sandra Kuchen, .






00:00 – 00:16

GVs press conference room, report cover, Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland 2 June, 2014

00:16 - 00:36  

Sound bites from Sandra Polaski, ILO Deputy Director-General on the “World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice”  report:

"Only 27% of the world’s population enjoys comprehensive social protection coverage. For the large majority of the global population, the fundamental human right to social security is not realized at all, or only in a partial way that leaves billions of people insecure."

00:36 – 00:54

"Only 12 per cent of unemployed workers worldwide actually receive unemployment benefits, due to a range of eligibility limitations, ranging from 64 per cent in Western Europe to less than 3 per cent in the Middle East and in Africa.”

00:54 – 01:24

" Similarly, mandatory social insurance programs to cover workers who are injured at work or suffer work-induced health problems cover only 33 per cent of the global labour force.  The collapse last year of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh and recent Soma mine disaster in Turkey are large and devastating examples of risks at work, but smaller accidents happen every day, in deed every hour in workplaces around the world.”

01:24 – 02:02

" The latest trends show that a number of high-income countries are contracting financing and benefits of their social security systems, with potential impacts on poverty and inequality. In the European Union, cuts in social protection have already contributed to increases in poverty which now affects 123 million people or 24 per cent of the population, many of whom are children, women, older persons and persons with disabilities.

It is time to rethink these cuts and ensure that fiscal consolidation is not accomplished on the backs of the vulnerable and the elderly."

02:02 – 02:31

"Social protection can help the most vulnerable in society to get their foot on the first rung of the ladder toward a decent life.  And it can ensure that all households have the security of knowing that if they lose their job, fall ill or when they grow old they will not face the risk of poverty and insecurity.  Modern society can afford to provide universal social protection.  Now let’s do it.  That is the key message of this report."

02:31 – 02:41

Namibia (shot 2010): Elderly people in rural Namibia queue to receive monthly pension cash transfer

02:41 – 03:16

Malawi (shot 2013):  Young and old queue to receive health care, close-up of child’s health passport, elderly person’s height is measured.

03:16 – 03:32

Thailand (shot 2010): Health facility.  Nurse measure’s woman’s blood pressure.  Nurse listens to child’s heartbeat.  (Thailand introduced  universal health coverage in 2002)

03:32 – 03:39

Greece (shot in 2012): People sit in waiting area of employment office in Athens. 

03:39 – 03:50

Spain (shot in 2012):  Person walks into employment office with “employment office” sign in Spanish clearly legible




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