Mr. Somaviá, Director-General of ILO recalled the CEB communiqué on the global financial and economic crisis of 5 April 2009 that had set forth a set of nine joint crisis initiatives designed to assist countries and the global community to confront the crisis, accelerate recovery and build a fair and inclusive globalization for all. The Directors-General of ILO and the World Health Organization (WHO) had been entrusted with leading the social protection floor initiative, an integrated set of social policies designed to guarantee income security and access to essential social services for all, particularly vulnerable groups.
A high-level advisory group, headed by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), was established in August 2010 to enhance global advocacy activities and further elaborate the conceptual policy aspects of the approach. The report of the Advisory Group had just been released "Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization". Mr. Somavía noted that the report had involved 19 United Nations organizations and was an example of the United Nations system working together to demonstrate areas of commonality and mutual interest.
The report summarized the main conclusions on social protection and made concrete recommendations to advance the extension of social protection coverage based on case studies of successful social protection floor experiences from various countries. He acknowledged the important inputs received from United Nations agencies and international financial institutions with which the Advisory Group had had the opportunity to interact at various stages.
The Board welcomed the report and thanked Mr. Somavía, Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, and Ms. Bachelet for their leadership and commitment to the effort.