First Meeting of the Group of Experts For Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Social Protection In Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, 25 June 2019
At this moment, 60% of the region’s population live without any adequate social protection coverage [watch video]. To Leave no one behind, there is a critical need to extend social protection coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, developing countries only spend 3.7% of their GDP on social protection, which is less than one-third the global average. To jointly accelerate action, Asia-Pacific developing countries need to step up their commitments and strengthen regional cooperation around a number of social protection issues.
The ESCAP secretariat convened the first meeting of the Group of Experts for Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on 25 June 2019. Representatives to the Group of Experts actively discussed elements to be included in the regional modality on social protection as well as potential options for its structure. 14 member States from all five ESCAP subregions were represented at the meeting.
The ESCAP secretariat established the Group of Experts in early 2019 in response to a recommendation by the ESCAP Committee on Social Development, at its fifth session held in November 2018, to develop a regional modality for strengthening regional cooperation on social protection.
The Group of Expert consists of official representatives of ESCAP members and associate members and is represented by all five ESCAP subregions.