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Institutional Framework Database for Social Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean
Uruguay

 

 

Legal and regulatory dimension
Adherence, signing, and ratification of covenants, conventions, and agreements related to economic, social, and cultural rights
Ratified/Adhered to     Signed     Without Signature / Ratification
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women Convention on the Rights of the Child International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families Constituent Agreement of the Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean
1 April 1970 30 August 1968 11 February 2009 9 October 1981 20 November 1990 15 February 2001 17 February 1999
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The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and its Optional Protocol are the international instruments for the Universal Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulate the protection of economic, social, and cultural rights. The Covenant was approved by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 2200 A (XXI) on December 16th, 1966 and became effective in 1976.

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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations, explicitly directed towards the elimination of any kind of racial discrimination. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 2106 (XX) on December 21st, 1965 and became effective in 1969.

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of human rights for persons with disabilities, explicitly mentioning a social development perspective. In this Convention a broad classification of persons with disabilities are considered, and it reaffirms that all people with all kinds of disabilities should be able to enjoy all their fundamental human rights and liberties. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13th, 2006.

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The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of rights of women. It defines acts that constitute discrimination against women and describes the nature of State obligations through laws, public policy, and programs that the State should develop to eliminate discrimination. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th, 1979.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that recognizes the articulated rights of the child on the basis of four fundamental principles: no discrimination, best interests of the child, the right to life, livelihood and development, and the respect of the child’s opinion. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20th, 1989.

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The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of rights of migrant persons and their families, regardless of their migration status. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th, 1990.

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The Constituent Agreement of the Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that advises governments in assuming responsibility for developing, with the participation of indigenous populations, a coordinated and systematic action plan with the aim of protecting the rights of these populations and guaranteeing the respect of their integrity. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on June 27th, 1989.

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Constitutional Mention of Sectoral Topics
Explicit Mention      Indirect/Implicit Mention     Does not mention

Year of Latest Observed Constitution

Social Housing

Work and Social Security

Public Health

Public Education

Social Development

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Women

Older Persons

Persons with Disabilities

Afrodecendants and Indigenous Peoples

Migrants

1997
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Artículo 45. Todo habitante de la República tiene derecho a gozar de vivienda decorosa. La ley propenderá a asegurar la vivienda higiénica y económica, facilitando su adquisición y estimulando la inversión de capitales privados para ese fin.

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Artículo 67. Las jubilaciones generales y seguros sociales se organizarán en forma de garantizar a todos los trabajadores, patronos, empleados y obreros, retiros adecuados y subsidios para los casos de accidentes, enfermedad, invalidez, desocupación forzosa, etc.; y a sus familias, en caso de muerte, la pensión correspondiente. La pensión a la vejez constituye un derecho para el que llegue al límite de la edad productiva, después de larga permanencia en el país y carezca de recursos para subvenir a sus necesidades vitales.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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Artículo 71. Declárase de utilidad social la gratuidad de la enseñanza oficial primaria, media, superior, industrial y artística y de la educación física; la creación de becas de perfeccionamiento y especialización cultural, científica y obrera, y el establecimiento de bibliotecas populares. En todas las instituciones docentes se atenderá especialmente la formación del carácter moral y cívico de los alumnos.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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Capítulo II. La ley dispondrá las medidas necesarias para que la infancia y juventud sean protegidas contra el abandono corporal, intelectual o moral de sus padres o tutores, así como contra la explotación y el abuso.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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Artículo 7º.- Los habitantes de la República tienen derecho a ser protegidos en el goce de su vida, honor, libertad, seguridad, trabajo y propiedad. Nadie puede ser privado de estos derechos sino conforme a las leyes que se establecen por razones de interés general.

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Specific national laws
Law present      Official information not available
 

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Older Persons

Women

Peoples with Disabilites

Afrodescendants and Indigenous Peoples

Migrants

Public Education

Work and Social Security

Social Housing

Public Health

Social Development

 
Legal Instrument Codigo de Niñez y Adolescencia Ley núm. 16170 Ley de Promoción Integral de los Adultos Mayres Ley para la Promoción de la Igualdad de Derechos entre hombres y mujeres Ley de Protección Integral de Personas con Discapacidad Ley 17.817 de 2004 - Lucha Contra el Racismo, La Xenofobia y La Discriminación Ley Nº 18250, "Ley de Migraciones" (2008) Ley General de Educación Ley de Seguridad Social Ley de Acceso a la Vivienda de Interés Social Ley Orgánica de Salud n.d.
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Organizational dimension
Main authority for intersectoral coordination

 

Country Uruguay
Main authority Social Cabinet
Year of creation 2005
Coordinating authority Minister of Social Development
Members Ministry of Social Development; Ministry of Economy and Finance; Ministry of Education and Culture; Ministry of Labor and Social Security; Ministry of Public Health; Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; Office of Planning and Budget, and Congress of Intendants.
 
Main authority devoted to social development

 

Country Uruguay
Main authority Ministry of Social Development
Year of creation 2005
Mission To formulate, execute, supervise, coordinate, program, monitor and evaluate the policies, strategies and policies regarding women, young people, families, the elderly, people with disabilities and social development in general. The Ministry of Social Development, is responsible for nation wide social policies, as well as coordination - in both sectoral and territorial level -, articulation, monitoring, monitoring and evaluation of plans, programs and projects, in the areas of its competence, regarding the consolidation of a progressive redistributive social policy. Likewise, it is the mission of this ministry to contribute to the development of social participation that allows the strengthening of the active citizenship of the Uruguayans, promoting the broadest integration of the citizens in their activities.
Incumbent Martin Lema (2021)

 

 

 

Institutions protecting certain population segments
Official information not available
Population segment

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Older Persons

Persons with Disabilities

Women

Migrants

Main protection mechanism Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay (INAU) Instituto Nacional de la Juventud Instituto Nacional de las Personas Mayores Comisión Nacional Honoraria del Discapacitado (CNHD) Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres Dirección Nacional de Migraciones
Legal Instrument Ley N 17823 Código de Niñez y Adolescencia (2004) Decreto Reglamentario 475/2006 Ley núm. 16170 Convención Iberoamericana de Derechos de los Jóvenes (Ley núm. 18270) Ley Nº 17.796 Promoción Integral de los Adultos Mayores Ley 18.651 de protección Integral de personas con discapacidad Ley Nº 18250, "Ley de Migraciones" (2008)

 

 

 

Technical-operational dimension
Management, planning, evaluation, and transparency tools for social programmes
Tool present   Tool not present 



Main Social Protection Actor (Presence and Hierarchy)

Technical-operational dimension
Unique Registry of Participants Sistema Integrado de Administración Financiera /b Sectoral Plan for Social Development Transparence - system for accessing public information from the State

Integrated Social Information System

Evaluation mechanisms for social programs

General

Sectorial

General

Sectorial

Ministry of Social Development
                 

 

 

 

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