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At this year's UN General Assembly, world leaders launched an unprecedented effort to roll out universal social protection in countries all around the world.   Heads of state, the World Bank Group and the International Labour Organization convened on Wednesday 21 September to launch the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection, which aims to make pensions, maternity, disability and child benefits, among others, available to all persons, closing the gap for hundreds of millions currently unprotected worldwide.

The Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection brings together the African Union, FAO, the European Commission, Helpage, IADB, OECD, Save the Children, UNDP-IPC, UNICEF and others, along with Belgian, Finnish, French and German cooperation.

A series of 23 case studies were released at the event that document how many developing countries have achieved universality, such as Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cabo Verde, China, Georgia, Kosovo, Lesotho, the Maldives, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago and Ukraine.  The case studies show that universal social protection is feasible in developing countries.

This announcement is part of the Virtual Conference on Universal Social Protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.