Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? Asia Edition

Date: 24 Feb 2019

  • Time: 11.30 – 16.30
  • Location: Wonju Campus, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

This event is part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” which was launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018 and organized by UNRISD. With the Call for Papers, the UNTFSSE aims to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories which, by critically examining the role of SSE, can contribute to the Task Force’s efforts to scale up and promote SSE as means of implementation of the SDGs.

Asia Edition

Special Session at the International Conference on the Localization of the SDGs and the Co-Construction of the Means of Implementation.

This session, co-hosted by the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), will discuss ways in which SSE, broadly conceptualized, impacts our ability to implement and localize the crosscutting nature of the SDGs in the Asian context. The papers will be made available to policy makers, SSE and development practitioners, researchers and UN entities on the UNTFSSE’s Knowledge Hub for the SGDs (hosted by UNRISD).

Part 1
Laurence Kwark—Secretary General, Global Social Economy Forum, Seoul – Republic of Korea
Anup Kumar Dash—Board Member, Development Bank of India, Bhubaneswar – India

  • SSE as a driving force in localizing the SDGs and scaling up impact: The case of women’s SHG in India.

Chaminda Hettiarachchi—Director of the Fablanka Foundation, Colombo – Sri Lanka
Pubudu Senaratne

  • Digital Fabrication Labs for implementing SDGs in SSE in Sri Lanka.

Kanak Kanti Bagchi—Professor of Economics at University of North Bengal, Darjeeling – India

  • Cooperatives as a means of fostering integrated and sustainable development – a case study of Nepal.

Rolan Literatus—Tenured Instructor and Lecturer at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan – the Philippines

  • Health maintenance cooperative: an alternative model to universal health coverage in the Philippines.

Caitlyn Bentley—Research Fellow at the Agency and Assurance Institute, Australian National University, Canberra – Australia

  • Can the platform economy scale the social and solidarity economy? The role of digital platforms in Indonesia’s tourism sector.

Part II
Ilcheong Yi—UNRISD, Geneva – Switzerland
Garam Lee—Doctoral Candidate, Yonsei University, Seoul – Republic of Korea

  • Rise of Social and Solidarity Economy in South Korea and its role for social inclusion and social empowerment.

Tahsina Khan—Associate Professor at the American International University, Dhaka – Bangladesh
Wahed-ul Huq Khandkar

  • Micro-finance interventions in renewable energy: promoting sustainable rural development through solar electrification.

Rufus Kamran—Executive Director, Society for Peace and Sustainable Development, Islamabad – Pakistan

  • Enhancing food security, nutrition and poverty reduction through SHGs. An experience from Pakistan.

Preethi Solomon—Ph.D. Scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai – India

  • Social and Solidarity economy as a tool for sustainable marine fishery: An illustration based on fishermen’s cooperatives in Kerala, India.

The Call for Papers was carried out with the support of seed funding from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg, in addition to UNRISD institutional funds.

The present event has received additional support for participant travel from Yonsei University.


Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies—An Official Side Event of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), member of the UNTFSSE is organizing this side event to the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.

  • Date: 17 July 2018
  • Time: 10.00-12.00
  • Location: Church Center of the United Nations (2nd Floor), 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
  • Donor(s): Global Social Economy Forum
  • Counterpart(s): UN-DESA Department for Inclusive Social Development, Global Social Economy Forum
  • This event is open to the public.


As an integrated and balanced approach to development, social and solidarity economy (SSE) has the potential to function as an intelligent means of localizing the 2030 Agenda.

At this side event, speakers will discuss new research evidence and local government experience of SSE, and the enabling conditions—such as institutional arrangements, political forces and economic possibilities—which are needed for it to succeed in diverse contexts.
In keeping with the mandate of the HPLF to provide guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the panellists at this event will share knowledge and experience on how SE is contributing to realizing the 2030 Agenda’s vision of transformation, and achieving the goals and targets at the local level, in particular in cities.
For the programme and more details, click here.

Global Social Economy Forum –GSEF2016, September 7-9, 2016 in Montréal, Canada

inscription_prolong_ENWHY HAVE THE GSEF2016?

Because more than 2,000 participants from every continent will be converging in Québec’s metropolis for to discuss and work on the central theme of the Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016: collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities.

September 7-9, 2016
Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Montréal, Canada

Across the world, the social and solidarity economy (SSE) generates important economic, social, cultural, and environmental impact, and, more importantly, social innovations that help address the challenges of city administrations and their communities. Whether it is to meet essential needs such as housing and food security, ensure an adequate quality of life to residents through local services, cultural activities, and other recreational services, or contribute to social cohesion, SSE initiatives create decent employment and support the development of more equitable and sustainable cities.

Recognizing this, the aim of the GSEF2016 is to facilitate collaboration among public administrators and SSE actors by presenting best practices, whether they be processes, tools, or innovative results emerging from co-constructed public policies. These best practices will be presented mainly by SSE and local government actors, though innovative citizen initiatives and private sector projects developed with the SSE will also be brought to the fore.



  • Share your best practices and learn about others in the social and solidarity economy taking place around the planet in collaboration with local governments
  • Identify opportunities and issues regarding coordinated action between yourlocal governments and SSE stakeholders
  • Promote coordinated international actions to foster the development of the SSE in your area.


Expected participants:

  • Social and solidarity economy organizations and networks
  • Local governments: elected officials and civil servants
  • Academics: researchers and students
  • Private sector representatives
  • Civil society stakeholders


The Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016 is the third edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), a large international gathering that was initiated by the City of Seoul in 2013, in collaboration with its local social economy partners. The 2014 edition, held once again in the South Korean capital, culminated in the founding of the GSEF as a permanent international association uniting local governments and civil society stakeholders that recognize the social and solidarity economy (SSE) as a key factor in local economic development.


Preliminary programme:

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Social Economy and the Role of the International Organizations

GSEFOn November 19th, 2015, UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy, jointly with UNDP Seoul Policy Center and GSEF 2014 Seoul Organizing Committee, will organize the “Social Economy and the Role of the International Organizations” Session at 2014 Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF 2014). The session will be hosted at Basurak Hall, City Hall of Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 09:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on November 19th, 2015.

TFSSE members to take part in conference organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), 1 Oct., Brussels

EESCSeveral members of the TFSSE will take part in the conference titled “Social Economy and social innovation as drivers of competitiveness, growth and social well-being”. Click here for the detailed programme. UNRISD Director, Sarah Cook, will present the Task Force to the European audience.

Event: Alternative Trade and Finance for a Solidarity Economy

As part of the 5th UNCTAD Public Symposium, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will host a session on Alternative Trade and Finance for a Solidarity Economy, on 19 June 2014, 2-3:30 pm, at Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva.  This session will examine an emerging development model – based on myriad initiatives around the world – which is increasingly referred to as the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).

Side event on SSE at the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals



Speakers at the side-event titled “SSE: Changing economic relations for equality and sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda” presented to a packed room in the UN building in New York on 4 February 2014. The objective of the side event was to discuss how SSE can contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.