Schwarzer Helmut

Social Security Expert at ILO

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Helmut Schwarzer is Senior Social Security Specialist for the Americas, Social Protection Department, ILO Geneva, since 2010. Before joining the ILO, he was the Secretary of Social Security of Brazil during the two mandates of President Lula da Silva (2003-2010) and researcher of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brasilia (1998-2002). Helmut holds a Dr. rer. pol. in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin and a Master in Economic Development from the Federal University of Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil).

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“Social protection is a right!”

Social protection allows people to live in dignity. This right, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is far from being a reality for everyone. Only 27% of the world’s population benefits from adequate social protection. It is for this reason that in 2012 the Member States of the International Labour Organization adopted the Social Floors Protection Recommendation n° 202. It involves introducing basic social protection guarantees in countries that do not have them, providing universal access to healthcare, and lifelong income security. Valérie Schmitt, Chief of the Social Policy, Governance and Standards at ILO, and Helmut Schwarzer, Social Security Coordinator, Latin America and Caribbean.


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