Kela Conference on Social Security 2019 – Equality and wellbeing through sustainable social security system
Finland´s Presidency of the Council of the European Union – side event
Time: 10.12.2019, 9.00-16.30
Place: Kela Main office building, Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki Stream on-line (keynotes)
Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, is a government agency that provides basic economic security for everyone residing in Finland. Kela’s customers comprise everyone covered under the Finnish social security system. Kela is a service innovator that creates wellbeing and helps people manage their lives better in a more sustainable way while considering the changing environment of global economy.
One of Finland’s objectives during the EU Presidency is to stimulate an open European debate on the economy of wellbeing and improve policy-level understanding of the fact that wellbeing is a prerequisite for economic growth and for social and economic stability. The economy of wellbeing means that economic growth is pursued in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable growth can be achieved through measures that benefit people’s wellbeing and the environment, but never at their expense.
Kela Conference 2019 brings together experts from different fields of social protection. One-day conference consists of four main themes, topical from the viewpoint of developing social protection systems in more sustainable way, and events built around them. Each one of the four events has their own team of Kela experts, which organizes the programme for the event.
The themes stem from the idea of reforming social security system in Finland in a more sustainable way considering the future challenges in the societies. From Kela’s perspective, major questions relate to delivering wellbeing and organizing client services in the globalizing and diversifying world, developing AI in delivering benefits, and enhancing equality in the digitalized services.
9:00-9.30 Coffee and Music performance by Vaskivuori Upper Secondary School
9:00-9:45 Info-tour of the Finnish Social Security System
Tuula Haatainen First Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Finland: Principles and values of a welfare state
10:00-12:00 Keynotes (streamed online)
Tuula Helne Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Kela: Wellbeing in the time of ecological annihilation
Nina Nissilä Director, Kela: Leading Customer-Centric Digitalization in Social Security Services
Kari-Pekka Mäki-Lohiluoma Deputy Director General, Kela: Together for the best of our customer
Noora Jansson Ph.D., Head of Employment Services, City of Oulu: Leading change through network partnership
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Parallel event 1: Investing in the future - family policies and fertility
Parallel event 2: Reforming social security – all we need is trust and working together for the customer
Parallel event 3: Customer services in the globalizing and diversifying world
Parallel event 4: Digital transformation with AI and emerging technologies
Please sign up for the event by 3.12.2019. You can watch the keynotes of the seminar also online (no registration required).