The Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202): Completing the standards to close the coverage gap

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  • Ursula Kulke,

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    1. International Labour Office's Regional Office for Arab States, Beirut, Lebanon
    • Addresses for correspondence: Ursula Kulke, Senior Social Security Specialist, International Labour Office's Regional Office for Arab States, Beirut, Lebanon; Email: kulke@ilo.org; Emmanuelle Saint-Pierre Guilbault, Coordinator for Standards and Legislation at the Social Protection Department, International Labour Office, Route des Morillons 4, CP 1, 1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland; Email: st-pierre@ilo.org.

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  • Emmanuelle Saint-Pierre Guilbault

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    1. International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Addresses for correspondence: Ursula Kulke, Senior Social Security Specialist, International Labour Office's Regional Office for Arab States, Beirut, Lebanon; Email: kulke@ilo.org; Emmanuelle Saint-Pierre Guilbault, Coordinator for Standards and Legislation at the Social Protection Department, International Labour Office, Route des Morillons 4, CP 1, 1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland; Email: st-pierre@ilo.org.

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Abstract 

In June 2012, the 101st session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) adopted the Recommendation concerning national floors of social protection, 2012 (No. 202). This article explores the linkages between Recommendation No. 202 and the pre-existing International Labour Organization (ILO) social security standards and its complementarity with these. In response to the questions as to whether the existing ILO social security standards have lost their relevance and whether the new Recommendation has been adopted with a view to replacing the existing ones, the article concludes that its adoption not only complements but also broadens and strengthens the existing international social security code. Together, Recommendation No. 202 and the ILO social security Conventions are viewed as providing a complete and adequate normative framework for the establishment and maintenance of comprehensive social security systems.

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