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While social protection policies in most regions around the world have traditionally focused on the social and economic pillars of development, RIO+ has called on the need for linking that with environmental sustainability and climate issues.
RIO+ Centre notes that one of the key commitments featured in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is that no one shall be left behind, or that the goals and targets shall be met for all nations and all peoples, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
In that vein, social protection or safety net systems have been one instrument that governments have turned to in an attempt to reduce poverty and inequality and support the most marginalized, and in addition, a method that many more governments are looking towards as a way to achieve the SDGs.
Most social protection policies directly target several of the SDGs, including SDG #1 No Poverty, #3 Good Health and Well-Being, #4 Quality Education, and #10 Reduced Inequalities, while also indirectly addressing other SDGs such as #2 Zero Hunger, #5 Gender Equality, and #8 Good Jobs and Economic Growth. Different social protection policies and instruments in various forms, including social assistance (i.e. conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs and social insurance) and labor market interventions, have been designed and implemented around the world and have been successful in achieving poverty reduction in developing countries.
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