Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

The International Symposium, convened by the ILO, UNICEF, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and the European Union, brings together policymakers, social partners, civil society, and development partners to discuss the innovative practices and strategies for building sustainable and rights-based social protection systems resulting from the Social Protection & Public Finance Management Programme (SP&PFM).


  • Taking stock of the results achieved and the impact created in 24 partner countries during the three years of SP&PFM.
  • Showcasing partner countries’ experiences in extending social protection to all and ensuring its sustainable financing and improved public finance management for social protection.
  • Reviewing strategies for building social protection systems that are more resilient to future shocks, environmental changes and economic and digital transformations.
  • Sharing the findings and innovations of the research, methodologies and tools developed through SP&PFM and its country interventions.
  • Moving forward the agenda on universal social protection, its financing and public finance management, including through the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions as well as the link with the Global Gateway of the EU.

What’s on the agenda?

 Tuesday, 27 June
13:00 – 13:30 Registration and coffee
13:30 – 14:30 Opening session
14:30 – 15:45 Panel 1 – Extending social protection for all
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:15 Panel 2 – Advocating for investing more and better in social protection
Wednesday, 28 June
13:00 – 13:30 Coffee
13:30 – 14:45 Panel 3 – Improving public finance management for social protection
14:45 – 15:45 Panel 4 – Strengthening social protection systems to prepare for future crises and just transitions
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Panel 5 – Joining forces for universal and sustainable social protection
17:00 – 17:30 Closing session