Global Governance Spotlight 7|2015

Global Social Protection. New impetus from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Markus Kaltenborn

October 2015; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 7|2015 (pdf)

The issue of social protection has undergone something of a renaissance in the development policy debate in recent years. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, formally adopted by the UN General Assembly by consensus on 25 September 2015, the establishment of social protection systems is now expressly identified as one of the international community’s new goals. Professor Markus Kaltenborn analyses social protection floors as a core element of the 2030 Agenda as well as funding mechanisms and puts forward ideas regarding the implementation of worldwide basic social security guarantees.

Particularly after the contentious NATO-led intervention in Libya in 2011, established and emerging powers are pit against each other in the debate regarding intervention for the protection of individuals’ human rights. While established powers prioritize intervention and see military force as a useful tool, emerging and postcolonial states see non-intervention as a crucial guarantee of their autonomy, and favour non-military means of assistance. In the current Global Governance Spotlight Prof Dr Kai Michael Kenkel argues why the support of both, states from the Global North and South, is necessary to re-establish the legitimacy and effectiveness of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) and gives recommendations how the debate might be invigorated.

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