85 years of innovation in the service of social security

1927-10-04 00:00:00

Foundation of the ISSA

4 October 1927: The International Conference of National Associations of Mutual Benefit Societies and of Sickness Insurance Funds is founded in Brussels during the first General Assembly, attended by 17 national institutions from nine European countries.

1928-07-01 00:00:00

Albert Thomas

“The world unity which we desire to attain, to which we are so fervently dedicated, would be mere words if we did not have behind us all the living forces which exist in each country.”

1928-07-01 00:00:00

Helmut Lehmann

“In doing this we shall be doing a work of peace in the best sense of the word.”

1936-01-01 00:00:00

Enlarging membership

1936: The Association becomes the International Social Insurance Conference (known as CIMAS in its French acronym) and expands its admission criteria to include social insurance institutions responsible for administering disability, old age and survivors' insurance.

1938-07-01 00:00:00

Moving beyond Europe

1938: The National Social Insurance Fund of Peru becomes the first non-European institution to join the CIMAS.

1944-07-01 00:00:00

Philadelphia Declaration

1944: The ILO adopts the Philadelphia Declaration, an historic document calling for the extension of social security measures and promoting systematic cooperation among social security entities internationally and regionally.

1947-07-01 00:00:00

New constitution, new name

1947: A new Constitution is adopted at the 8th General Assembly in Geneva, opening membership to government-administered social security agencies.

1947-07-01 00:00:00

Vaclav Nĕmeček

“It [the CIMAS] has greatly contributed to the creation of a spirit of international co-operation among the agencies administering social insurance, free of the often inevitable barriers of politics.”

1947-08-01 00:00:00

Leo Wildmann:The ISSA gains in influence

1947: Leo Wildmann (Austria) was elected ISSA Secretary General.

1948-07-01 00:00:00

Social security is a fundamental right

1948: Social security is included as a fundamental right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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