A virtual conference, attended by over 245 participants, took place on 1st December 2020 to mark the global launch of the programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management.

A high-level technical panel was held with the participation of representatives of partners engaged in the programme, followed by a discussion about the role of social protection during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, feeding into human development on the way forward.  



Welcoming remarks by European Comission DG DEVCO 02

Ms Henriette Geiger Director People and Peace, European Commission, DG DEVCO


Part 1 – Programme launch

Hon. Andreas Isch Pérez Minister of Labour of Ecuador

Ms Teodora Recalde de Spinzi General Budget Director, Ministry of Finance of Paraguay

Dr. Ram Kumar Phuyal Member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal

Ms Shahra Razavi Director, ILO Social Protection

Ms Natalia Winder Rossi Associate Director and Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF

Mr Bart Verstraeten Political Secretary of WSM, GCSPF member

Ms Valérie Schmitt Deputy Director, ILO Social Protection (Moderator)

Part 2 – Social protection: COVID-19 response and the way forward

Ms Doerte Bosse European Commission, DG DEVCO B3 (Moderator)

EU DEVCO Presentation

Q&A Session

Event recording