About 75 percent of people in the world do not have adequate social security. This Social Protection Floor is a necessary tool for eradicating poverty.
Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services. The two necessary elements for the Social Protection Floor are social transfers to guarantee income security, food security and adequate nutrition, and universal access to essential services.
The Social Protection Floor (SPF) must be tailored to the needs of each country and builds on that country's existing social protection mechanisms. It aims to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (par 22) "Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security".
A Social Protection Floor can be afforded by every country if integrated incrementally. A number of low- and middle-income countries have taken successful measures to build their national Social Protection Floor.
We call on all governments to implement a national social protection floor. We call on the United Nations to assist in the development and implementation of such policies.
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