The creation of CIESS resulted from the need expressed by the CISS member institutions to have a permanent space for training in social security. Since its creation, the educational programs have permanently adapted to the needs posed by the evolution and development of national and regional social security. This permanent updating of the educational labor has brought about a valid debate and analysis forum where all ideas and doctrines can be shared.
Among the strengths that characterize its academic activities it is possible to mention that they address, from an interdisciplinary approach, the most transcendent particularities of social security in the continent, by studying each issue from its starting point until the reform processes lived. To this effect, there has been support from a portfolio of specialists from international organizations, universities and research centers, public and private sector institutions in the region, as well as, that of the various organs of the CISS.
The CIESS is defined as the educational, training and research organ of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security, a permanent and non-lucrative international technical and specialized organization integrated by government organs, institutions and other entities in the Americas, that rule, administrate, manage, supervise, study or research one or more aspects of social security.
History proves that fifty years ago, the Conference was integrated by a significantly smaller number of institutions; institutions from the English-speaking Caribbean joined the Conference in the 80s, and even nowadays, after several transformations through the years in terms of strengthening the Conference action, many specific institutions linked to social security, as well as new social sectors such as unions and universities have joined this entity, thus enabling the CISS to expand its presence in the continent.
In academic terms, the strength offered by the integration of over 80 institutions in 36 countries represents a true incentive for the CIESS, in presence of the opportunity to profit from the wide scope of experiences and institutional programs, and the possibility to share them internationally by means of education, research and dissemination of knowledge.
At the same time, the CIESS is aware that with this incentive come important challenges: social security, in the second decade of the 21st Century, continues to experience problems resulting from radical changes in the economic and social structures, envisioning, for the immediate future, new and many challenges.
Costa Rica 1973-1976