Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

World day of social justice has been celebrated annually since 2009. The UN General Assembly announced the establishment of this holiday in a special resolution № A/RES/62/10 from 26 November 2007. A prerequisite for the new date, 20 February, was the world summit, held in Copenhagen in March 1995, at which the objectives of the social development of modern society were proclaimed.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

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The Republic of Belarus is a social state, activities of which are aimed at creating conditions that ensure a decent life and free development for its citizens. Citizens are guaranteed the rights for work, healthcare, education, state support for families with children and others in need of assistance, etc. ”Justice should be the basis of all human relations. Including relations between an individual and state " - emphasizes the President of the Republic of Belarus A. Lukashenko.

The state policy is based on the principle of social justice, which emerges in:
* recognition of man, his rights and freedoms as the highest value, equality of all in front of the law;
* ensuring fundamental conditions for the life of citizens;
* rewarding work in accordance with its quantity, quality and available economic opportunities;
* social protection of children, the elderly, the disabled, the poor.

In accordance with the resolution of Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of 30 may 2003, № 724 "About measures for implementation of state social standards on servicing of the population of the Republic" in each administrative district of the Republic are established territorial centres for social services. 146 territorial social service centres provide social support for the citizens and families in difficult life situations.

In order to ensure the availability of social services to the residents of the village, the network of social points and branches of the centers is expanding, the activities of economic brigades and social service brigades are organized on a mobile basis.

Employment situation

In 2018, 202 thousand people applied to the labor, employment and social protection bodies for assistance in employment, including 116.2 thousand people registered as unemployed. Taking into account the citizens who are registered on January 1, 2018, 230,6 thousand people needed employment, 139,1 thousand of them are unemployed.

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The registered unemployment rate as of January 1, 2019 was 0.3 percent of the whole labor force.

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The number of unemployed, registered in the bodies of labor, employment and social protection, as of January 1, 2019 amounted  12.5 thousand people, which is 45.4 percent less than on January 1, 2018.

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2019 theme: If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. The ILO estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, of whom more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29.

Job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs for the bottom 40 per cent have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to more cohesive and equitable societies and thus are important to prevent violent conflicts and to address post-conflict challenges.

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All statistics are taken from the website of the Ministry of labour and social protection of the Republic of Belarus.

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