- September 27, 2021
The FTUC was invited to be part of a new UN Joint Programme on: “Strengthening Social Protection Systems through a Social Protection Assessment based on National Dialogue in selected Pacific Island countries”. This initiative would be a partnership between the ILO, UNDP, UNICEF. The countries where this initiative would take place is Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Tonga.
According to the information shared by the ILO at the meeting on Tuesday, 21st September, 2021, “social protection measures have been key pillars of the pacific government economic stimulus packages response to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 in 2020. While governments in the Pacific have organized interventions to address vulnerability, ad-hoc and fragmented social protection programs are being implemented without an explicit and comprehensive social protection framework, leading to lack of coverage, and resulting in increased burden on livelihoods. “
“The objective of this research is to assist social dialogue by building evidence and engaging with constituents, in order to make recommendations to the Governments and social partners of Fiji, Solomon Island, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga regarding:
– Improvements in the effectiveness (coverage and adequacy), efficiency and sustainability of the social protection system, including options to extend coverage to the most vulnerable
– Support the governments developing a social protection intervention including financing strategy. “
“The outcome is to conduct assessment and rapid costing of national social protection system, and to develop a project proposal for the development of national social protection strategies and action plans for the selected Pacific Islands countries. The project proposal will be key document to advance evidence-based advocacy for universal social protection system, advantage partnership and resources.”
The FTUC was represented by the Assistant National Secretary, Ms Latileta Gaga. Representatives form various government ministries, relevant UN agencies and the tripartite constituents also participated in this information sharing meeting. Bipartite consultations are expected to announced soon.