Given that social security contributes to preventing social unrest, fosters economic growth, prevents and alleviates poverty and helps countries to achieve sustainable development models, ILO committed itself to extend social security coverage to all, at the International Labour Conference in 2001. Later on, in 2003, ‘Global Campaign to Extend Social Security to All’ was launched during the International Labour Conference. Furthermore, at the fourteenth Asian Regional Meeting of the ILO in 2006, the tripartite delegates committed themselves to ‘Asian Decent Work Decade’ for the period up to 2015 the detailed programmes of which of course include the extension of social security to many countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

However, it is a considerable challenge to realize the above-mentioned strategies into realities. Developmental policy process from advocacy to monitoring & evaluation always requires ever-creative, effective and efficient approaches.
In this context, many analysts have identified knowledgeas a strategic factor in providing social security organizations with the ability to improve their policy outcomes. The recognition of knowledge as a critical success factor led ILO to develop ‘GESS(Global Extension of Social Security)’ which is a global knowledge sharing platformon the extension of social security and aims to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas, capture and document experiences, identify knowledge gaps, create new knowledge and promote innovation. The GESS platform is also a way for professionals and experts to communicate directly about their work and get in touch with other specialists and people who work in their field via the online forum, or by creating their own workspaces. There is no doubt that many country and thematic pages of Asia and the Pacific region in GESS have been a great knowledge base for any interested professionals.

Against the backdrop of the increasing importance of knowledge management, it is a timely initiative for ‘COMWEL(Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service)’ to have launched 'AWCF(Asian Workers’ Compensation Forum)’ in an effort to promote the development of workers’compensation schemes by sharing related experiences and information among member countries in Asia. Since 2005 COMWEL has been developing close relationship with ILO especially under the framework of ILO-KOREA Partnership Programme (social security component). For instance of ‘Employment Injury Insurance of Cambodia’, COMWEL has been one of the major contributors to the new scheme through technical assistance projects and fellowship trainings. A secondment programme between ILO and COMWEL since November 2007 also has provided a special momentum to upgrade the relationship of the two organizations. Recognizing mutually productive partnership in knowledge management area as well, ‘ILO DWT(Decent Work Team) for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific)’has joined the AWCF and is expecting more concrete works in a near future.

Therefore, I strongly encourage more organizations concerned with workers’ compensation in Asia to participate in the AWCF as the venue to produce synergetic effects among members, and finally to contribute to the extension of social security to the vulnerable workers in Asia.