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ILO Social Protection Report 2020-2022

The ILO will issue its “World Social Protection Report 2020-22: Social protection at the crossroads – in pursuit of a better future” on Wednesday 1 September. This flagship report gives a global overview of recent developments in social protection systems, including social protection floors, and covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media advisory: ILO to launch World Social Protection Report 2020-22

Tools for Change. Can social justice save the environment?

Read Francine’s answer to the question:

Tools for change | Wall Street International Magazine (

Yearbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Yearbook captures the full range of the Committee’s activities in a given year and serves to make the Committee’s work more visible and accessible. It has quickly evolved into a valuable tool for civil society, human rights practitioners, academics, States and all those with an interest in the potential of human rights to tackle problems of poverty, social injustice and inequality.

The 2020 edition contains information on the Committee’s latest State reviews, individual communication decisions, general comments and statements. This includes details of the Committee’s engagement with all dimensions of the coronavirus crisis, as well as issues as wide ranging as the climate emergency, evictions, gender equality and land rights. Used wisely, its guidance may be critical in shaping the world that we wish to build as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

Can human solidarity globalize?

For some answers to this very important and urgent question, please see the result of the debate on The Great Transition:

Discussion note on social justice

by Francine Mestrum

Social Justice – Note for discussion

Social justice is a very broad concept. It includes many divergent phenomena, from inequality to health care and pensions, over gender, migration and racism. Many of these elements can also be examined on their own right, such as gender and structural racism, while others are consequences or causes of still more problematics. Just imagine the lack of health care because of an income deficit called poverty or the importance of social justice for matters of environmental sustainability. The interlinkages are many. Lees verder

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: time to uphold and enforce rights

We celebrate the cultural and linguistic richness of indigenous populations. We recognise their knowledge of the natural world that can provide leadership and guidance to preserve ecosystems in the face of the environmental climate crisis.

Read the article by ITUC

Here is why we are boycotting the UN Food Systems Summit

In September this year, the United Nations will host a Global Food Systems Summit in New York. The organisers of this summit are pitching it as a crucial debate of the decade which is to define the future of agriculture. They aim to bring together various stakeholders across sectors who play a role in the global food system.

Yet, the organised peasant and indigenous movements from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas that collectively represent most of the world’s small-scale food producers have called for a total boycott of this summit. In April this year, scores of scientists, researchers, faculty members, and educators who work in agriculture and food systems, also issued an open call to boycott the event.

Read the article by Elisabeth Mpofu

Workers’ rights and human rights

Read this extremely important contribution of Development Pathways on the importance of social security and trade unions


Whither the Washington Consensus?

Supposedly increased social protections may just be new words for old policies and a new ‘Washington Consensus’ may be in the making

Read the article by Francine Mestrum: Whither the Washington Consensus? | Wall Street International Magazine (

Food and Nutrition

Please take note of this very important report of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition:

20210719_state-rtfn-report_2021_eng_v15.pdf (

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