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):

For more information, please visit: www.un-ngls.org or contact Hamish Jenkins at hamish.jenkins[@]unctad.org