The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) at UN-NGLS
UN-NGLS initiated its work on SSE after the People’s Summit at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012, where social movements were advocating for the integration of SSE in the UN’s sustainable development agenda. UN-NGLS supports this effort by:
1) Facilitating the engagement of SSE civil society actors in UN processes as part of its mandate to promote the voices of under-represented segments of civil society and social movements on strategic cross-cutting and emerging issues.
2) Promoting SSE in its publications and communications outreach products.
UN-NGLS aims to integrate SSE dimensions in its various substantive areas of work, such as the quest for new development models in the UN’s discussions on a post-2015 development agenda, or alternatives to conventional finance in the UN’s financing and development discussions. UN-NGLS contributed to the organization of the international conference on the Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy held in Geneva on 6-8 May 2013 in collaboration with UNRISD and ILO. UN-NGLS was one of the founding members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE.
Relevant publications and outputs
As part of its publications and outreach programme, UN-NGLS has released a series of SSE-related materials and outputs (in English only):
- Solidarity Economy and Alternative Finance: A Different Development Model? – Report of a workshop organized by UN-NGLS and UNRISD during the Social Forum 2012 of the UN Human Rights Council
- Social and Solidarity Economy as a new path to sustainable development – In focus section of the UN-NGLS e-magazine The 2015 Post, Issue 2, November 2013 (see pages 28 onward)
- Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Consultation with Civil Society – Conducted by UN-NGLS for the UN Secretary-General, the General Assembly, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (September 2013). This report features sections on SSE in chapters of the regional reports from Latin America, Africa and Europe/North America.