Although the world is abuzz over robots and automation in debates over the “future of work,” we know the reality is that 61 per cent of the world’s workers are informal. Particularly in developing economies, this massive informal workforce often lacks even the most essential social protections, including healthcare, childcare and social security.

This year’s Global Social Protection Week, an annual International Labour Organization (ILO) event, will gather participants in Geneva to exchange ideas and map ways forward for achieving universal social protection for all. The conference will use the recently adopted ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work as a framework for technical discussions on design, strategy and implementation.