The work of the Task Force takes various forms. The members and observers often participate in events related to SSE. The Task Force also regularly hosts side-events during relevant UN processes and civil society conferences. Those activities help raise the visibility of the role that SSE organizations play in sustainable development.
For the recent June 25-26 2019 Conference Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? International Conference, click here.
Overview of some events attended or organized by UNTFSSE members and observers through history:
- 17 July 2018, Church Center of the United Nations (2nd Floor), New York: Official Side Event to the 2018 High Level Political Forum: Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies, organized by UNRISD, in collaboration with UN-DESA Department for Inclusive Social Development, Global Social Economy Forum
- 20 September 2017, Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, Geneva:
Official Side Event of the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council: Overcoming Refugee and Migrant Precarity: What Role for the Social and Solidarity Economy?, organized by UNRISD, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva
- 19 September 2017, UN Headquarters in New York:
“Inclusive, participatory, innovative: financing for Social and Solidarity Economy at the core of the SDGs” a high-level event for the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA), an International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy event, organized by the Government of France and coordinated by SSE International Forum.
- 20 September, 2016
“Social and Solidarity Economy: Key Sector for a Sustainable Urban Development”, a high-level side event at the margins of the 71st UN General Assembly, organized by the International Leading Group on SSE (ILGSSE) and the Government of France with the presence of the French President François Hollande.
- 20 July, 2016, 13.15-14.30
Side event at the 2016 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development entitled “Social and Solidarity Economy as a Strategic Means to the Implementation of the SDGs” in collaboration with the Government of France and Costa Rica.
- Strong Task Force representation at High Level event of the Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy, 29 September 2015, New York
- Fifth edition of the Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, 27-31 July 2015, Johannesburg
- Side-event in Addis Ababa on Financing for Development, 13 July 2015, Addis Ababa
- Side event on SSE at the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, 4 February 2014, NY.
- First meeting of the Leading Group on SSE, General Assembly, 22 September 2014, NY.
- Conference of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “Social economy and social innovation as drivers of competitiveness, growth and social well-being“, 1 October 2014, Brussels.
- UNTFSSE side-event at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security, 17 October 2014, Rome.
- UNTFSSE session at the Global Social Economy Forum, 17-19 November 2014, Seoul.
The UNTFSSE publishes documents jointly written by its members and observers. The first Task Force position paper argues that the post-2015 development agenda should pay more attention to the potential of social and solidarity economy (SSE). We illustrate this potential by examining the role of SSE in selected issue areas which, we believe, are central to the challenge of socially sustainable development in the 21st century. The position paper is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The latest position statement entitled “Realizing the 2030 Agenda through Social and Solidarity Economy“ highlights how SSE can play a crucial role in the realization of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs by promoting inclusive and sustainable development through concrete social, institutional and innovative practices. The linkages between SSE and all the 17 SDGs draw attention to its potential as an alternative model of development.
The website of the UNTFSSE also serves as library for publications of UN agencies that tackle SSE related issues. This provides an easy access to a range of information on what the UN is doing in connection with SSE.
The Task Force aims to ensure coordination of SSE related activities at the international level, and in collaboration with civil society. During TFSSE meetings, members and observers identify potential areas for partnerships and joint projects. In this way, the Task Force coordinate UN and civil society efforts.
The secretariat of the Task Force holds meetings every two months. Members and observers attend the meetings either in person, via video conferencing facilities or by telephone. Members and observers are based in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Task Force has also formed working groups tasked with specific issues, such as fundraising for the Task Force or building a UN-civil society dialogue on SSE.
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