[In the news]Set up ‘social-protection fund,’ ASEAN members urged – Interaksyon.com

Set up ‘social-protection fund,’ ASEAN members urged – Interaksyon.com.


JAKARTA – Civil society groups and various nongovernmental organizations will ask heads of state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a “social-protection fund” for the region.

Il Cheong Yi Il, research coordinator of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, said member-countries of ASEAN ideally should contribute at least two percent of their gross domestic product annually to cover various social-protection programs.

“This is protection based not on charity but on human rights as stated in the respective constitutions of the ASEAN member-states,” Il said in an interview after the conclusion of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum here on Friday.

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