Social Protection for an Inclusive Future

18 Sep 2019 to 19 Sep 2019
Kathmandu, Nepal
By invitation only

In collaboration with the Government of Nepal, UNICEF and several other development partners, the Social Development Division co-organized a two-day International Conference on Resilient Social Protection for an Inclusive Future.

The Conference aimed to support policymakers from the Government of Nepal on how social protection programmes can be scaled-up and strengthened to deliver on the pledge to Leave No One Behind.

Over the two days, ESCAP presented new innovative ways to measure inequality of opportunity and identify groups furthest behind, an essential part of leaving no one behind (LNOB) in the areas of education, decent work, nutrition, clean energy and water and sanitation.

To encourage policymakers to implement social protection floors, ESCAP organised a session on why social protection is needed and on how to design, implement and finance inclusive social protection programmes that reach and support women as well as disadvantaged and excluded groups, such as persons with disabilities and minorities, drawing on recent analytical work.

During the Social Protection Showcase interactive forum, ESCAP presented its Social Protection Toolbox, an online platform that provides good practices and infographics on social protection, as well as its soon-to-come Social Protection Impact and Financing Tool that will help member States estimate the impact of extending different social protection schemes.

The conference was held on 17 and 18 September in Kathmandu and gathered over 200 participants from governments in South and South-West Asia, international and national researchers, representatives from civil society, development partners, as well as practitioners involved in supporting the implementation of universal social protection.