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Governments in Asia and the Pacific are increasingly recognizing social protection as a key policy instrument to build productive, protected and healthy populations. In 2020, ESCAP member States endorsed the Action Plan to Strengthen Regional Cooperation on Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific (Action Plan). The Action Plan serves as a shared vision, strategy and platform for promoting partnership, peer learning and identifying needs for capacity development. The Action Plan sets out 12 national actions that underpin the achievement of more inclusive and comprehensive social protection systems, ranging from upholding the right to social protection in legislative and regulatory frameworks, to ensuring a more effective design, coordination and delivery of social protection schemes.

To support member States in the implementation of this first-ever regional Action Plan, ESCAP has been mandated to develop a regional platform. As part of this support, national reports and consultations are being conducted in Cambodia, Georgia the Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines and Türkiye, with the purpose to share national experiences and pathways towards the vision of the Action Plan.

The report for Mongolia aims to:

  • - present an overview of the national social protection situation, policies and approaches.
  • - identify the potential impact a broadening of social protection coverage could have on
    poverty and other areas
  • - identify recommendations on ways for the Government to implement the Action Plan.