ILO / CHILDREN SOCIAL PROTECTION

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Social protection is critical in helping children escape poverty and its devastating effects, yet, the vast majority of children have no effective social protection coverage, according to a new ILO – UNICEF report. ILO

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DATELINE: 4 FEBRUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT

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RECENT - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

4 FEBRUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Close up, report
3. Various shots, press conference
4. Med shot, Director of ILO’s Social Protection Department, Isabel Ortiz, showing the report
5. Med shot, journalist glancing at report
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Isabel Ortiz, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“If we consider the total number of children from zero to 14 years old, this represents 25 per cent of the world population. However, only 1.1 per cent of GDP is allocated to social protection for children. So, there is a huge underinvestment gap that needs to be covered.”
7. Wide shot, press conference
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Isabel Ortiz, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“Thirty-five per cent of children are covered by some type of social protection. That is actually quite a dramatic number if you think, because that means that two-thirds of all the world’s children are not covered by any social protection. That is 1.3 billion children, which is a lot. Social protection can reduce poverty and children’s vulnerability overnight if the benefit is adequate. So, countries need to make more efforts towards advancing social protection for children and other vulnerable groups.”
9. Close up, report
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Stewart, Chief of Child Poverty and Social Protection Unit, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF):
“Well, the evidence shows really clearly and now there are impact evaluations coming from Africa, coming from Latin America, coming from Europe, which show huge impacts on children’s lives. For so many kids, poverty is what is preventing them from going to school, from having health, from having nutrition. And what it shows is that if you provide cash transfers to these children you see really significant improvements in their health and in their education, which changes their future life course and their future life chances, and of course also has really big impacts on societies.”
11. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

Social protection is critical in helping children escape poverty and its devastating effects, yet, the vast majority of children have no effective social protection coverage, according to a new ILO – UNICEF report.

At the launch of the report today (5 Feb) in Geneva, the Director of ILO’s Social Protection Department, Isabel Ortiz, said, “if we consider the total number of children from zero to 14 years old, this represents 25 per cent of the world population. However, only 1.1 per cent of GDP is allocated to social protection for children. So, there is a huge underinvestment gap that needs to be covered.”

The report shows clearly that cash transfers play a vital role in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and vulnerability. Yet, globally only 35 per cent of children on average are covered by social protection which reaches 87 per cent in Europe and Central Asia, 66 per cent in the Americas, 28 per cent in Asia and 16 per cent in Africa.

Ortiz said, “thirty-five per cent of children are covered by some type of social protection. That is actually quite a dramatic number if you think, because that means that two-thirds of all the world’s children are not covered by any social protection. That is 1.3 billion children, which is a lot. Social protection can reduce poverty and children’s vulnerability overnight if the benefit is adequate. So, countries need to make more efforts towards advancing social protection for children and other vulnerable groups.”

UNICEF’s Chief of the Child Poverty and Social Protection Unit, David Stewart, said, “the evidence shows really clearly and now there are impact evaluations coming from Africa, coming from Latin America, coming from Europe, which show huge impacts on children’s lives. For so many kids, poverty is what is preventing them from going to school, from having health, from having nutrition. And what it shows is that if you provide cash transfers to these children you see really significant improvements in their health and in their education, which changes their future life course and their future life chances, and of course also has really big impacts on societies.”

The report is entitled “Towards Universal Social Protection for Children: Achieving SDG 1.3”
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