Chapter 20: A missing link in the international social security normative architecture?
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This chapter makes the case for the adoption of a new international Social Protection Policy Convention which would oblige ratifying States to adopt and implement policies that aim at building and maintaining universal social protection systems guided by the principles and benchmarks established by ILO social security standards. This instrument would prescribe the contours of a globally accepted notion of social protection by reference to its policy objectives and backbone principles. Rather than undermining pre-existing technical ILO standards, a new international instrument on social protection policy would serve to reinforce these and have the effect of elevating the subject matter to the level of other policy areas such as employment policy which has its dedicated international convention. Developing a policy convention on social protection would guarantee that all efforts are geared towards a rights-based systems-building approach while placing this policy under the scrutiny of a well-established supervisory mechanism.

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