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The New Normal. Elements of a New structural and widespread Precariousness
Social precarity has negative consequences for individuals and society. Policymakers have to take action to address this problem.
By several others
The 2023 SUPI Report on Social Precarity in the European Union finds that the problem of social precarity is continuing to grow, with millions of people across the continent lacking the security and stability they need to live fulfilling lives.
Researchers identify a number of factors that are contributing to this trend, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and rising inflation. These factors are leading to increased poverty, unemployment, precarious employment, and housing insecurity.
Researchers also find that social precarity has a number of negative consequences for individuals and society as a whole. It is leading to poor physical and mental health, social exclusion, and poverty. It is also having a negative impact on the economy, as it is leading to lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and increased social unrest.
The report concludes by calling on policymakers to take concrete action to address the problem of social precarity. It recommends investing in social protection systems, promoting quality employment, providing affordable housing, tackling poverty and inequality, and strengthening social cohesion and solidarity.
COVID-19 - A Journey into Social Precarity - Social Uncertainty Precarity Inequality (SUPI)
Social precarity is a growing problem, with negative consequences for individuals and society.
By several others
Social precarity is a widespread and growing problem in the European Union, affecting millions of people. It is defined as the lack of security and stability in people's lives, and can be caused by a variety of factors, including poverty, unemployment, precarious employment, and housing insecurity.
Social precarity has a number of negative consequences for individuals and society as a whole. It can lead to poor physical and mental health, social exclusion, poverty, and a negative impact on the economy.
The 2022 SUPI Report on Social Precarity in the European Union makes a number of recommendations for addressing the problem, including:
- Investing in social protection systems to provide people with a basic level of security and stability.
- Promoting quality employment and decent working conditions.
- Providing affordable housing and other essential services.
- Tackling poverty and inequality.
- Strengthening social cohesion and solidarity.
ISS Working Paper No. 665 - Adding human security and human resilience to help advance the SDGs agenda.
A human security perspective is an essential complement to the SDGs Agenda, so its relevance and application have to be discussed.
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) respond to humanity’s challenge to live humanely, justly, sustainably and in peace on our interconnected globe. Pursuit of the Agenda is inevitably subject to forces that ‘shake and stir’ it. Correspondingly, our analytical frameworks need to be shaken and stirred too, to be more perceptive and responsive to emergent objective threats, subjective fears, and their impacts.
A human security perspective offers an essential complement to the thinking and action underway for the SDGs, because insecurities arise in diverse and fluctuating forms in the daily lives of most people, produced by local, national, international and global forces. The worldwide ‘shake and stir’ triggered by COVID-19 is a reminder of how serious and all-encompassing such disruption can be. A human security perspective should be added in and/or to SDGs planning and implementation, at country level and in multilateral arenas. The perspective can draw together many available tools and stimulate their use focused on recognising and managing threats in people’s daily lives, not least by increasing human resilience.
This paper presents the approach’s rationale, certain components, and its relevance to the SDGs Agenda, then gives two extended case studies: first, from almost 20 years of experience with human security-related thinking and practice in Latvia, and, second, from the COVID19 pandemic and the resulting crises. It concludes with suggestions for UN organizations, governments, and policy researchers.