New ISSA report: Ten global challenges for social security
(GENEVA/PANAMA CITY, 7 November 2016) A series of global trends, including demographic ageing, the coverage gap, enduring youth unemployment and the transformation brought by the digital economy, require fundamental and long-term strategic responses by social security policy-makers and administrators, according to a new report published by the International Social Security Association (ISSA).
The ISSA report, Ten global challenges for social security, is the result of research, analysis and consultation with more than 280 government departments and social security institutions around the world.
The report is launched by the ISSA at the World Social Security Forum, which opens in Panama on 14 November in the presence of more than 1,000 delegates from all world regions.
Recognizing that government and public administrations are faced with an increasingly volatile and complex environment, the report analyses how social security systems are impacted by these global challenges, and how they can mitigate risks, and prepare for the future.
The ten global challenges identified by the ISSA report:
· Closing the coverage gap
· Inequalities across the life course
· Population ageing
· Employment of young workers
· Labour markets and the digital economy
· Health and long-term care
· New risks, shocks and extreme events
· Protection of migrant workers
· The technological transition
· Higher public expectations
“The convergence of international political commitment, economic development and improved administration mean that global levels of social security protection are at an all-time high,” said ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolewsky presenting the report.
“This context provides a window of opportunity to anticipate these long-term challenges to social security, but will require governments and institutions to develop comprehensive and strategic responses to ensure sustainable and efficient social security for future generations,” he noted.
Greater innovation to ensure sustainability
The ISSA report highlights effective responses by social security institutions to anticipate and adapt to the changing context, and sets out examples of best practice. The report underlines that greater innovation will be needed to ensure sustainable schemes for future generations.
As a unique global platform for social security administrations, the ISSA has developed programmes to facilitate exchange and enhance innovation, and new initiatives will be presented at the World Social Security Forum.
The new report will frame the discussions at the Forum, which is the largest international gathering of social security policy-makers and leaders, involving representatives from more than 150 countries.