On January 28 the UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) represented by Marie-Adélaïde Matheï participated in the first European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy to present United Nations’ work on SSE.
Hosted by the European Parliament the conference was the fruit of an initiative led and organized by the European United Left/ Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) to turn their long time support for the SSE into one of its main strategic focuses for the current legislature of the European Parliament (2014-2019). Titled “Transforming the Economic and Cultural Paradigms” the conference brought together more than 250 participants from 14 countries in Europe, Latin America and North America in an attempt to promote an exchange of experiences among the different actors highlighting the problems faced by the sector, as well as its potential in tackling the effects of the economic crisis.
The Luxembourg Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy held on 3-4 December a conference on “Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe“. During its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Luxembourg has promoted social economy at the European level in the context of inclusive growth, quality job creation and social cohesion.
The conference lead to the adoption of a declaration by the Governments of France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain towards a comprehensive ecosystem for social economy enterprises.
This Monday, Paul Ladd, incoming Director of UNRISD and current Director of the UNDP Team on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, along with Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director General of ILO, Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD in NY and Sharon Brennen-Halyock, Director of FAO in NY, represented the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE at the high-level panel of the Leading Group on social and solidarity economy at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Observers of the Task Force, including RIPESS and ICA were also participating.
“Social and Solidarity Economy for a Better Financing for Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda,” side event at the 3rd Conferenceon Financing for Development was organized by Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy on 13 July 2015. Two main proposals were highlighted: – Building strong partnerships between public actors and SSE enterprises in order to further reveal the power of acting of the actors with socially driven economic activities; – The integration of the SSE in financing for development and in the post 2015 agenda as an innovative means of implementation rooted in territories.
The UN conference which was set to change the way finance relates to sustainable development did not deliver on its promises. But Civil Society was very present and compact, with more than 600 organisations and networks participating. Solidarity finance and economy are starting to be addressed.
By Jason Nardi (RIPESS Europe and RIPESS Intercontinental board)
UNRISD organized a workshop on “Social and Solidarity Finance: Tensions, Opportunities and Transformative Potential” on 11 – 12 May 2015, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and International Labour Organization (ILO). Experts tackled the following questions: What is Social and Solidarity Finance? Could it finance Social and Solidarity Economy? What is the Transformative Potential?
The 5th edition of the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy will be held in Johannesburg,South Africa, from Monday 27th to Friday 31st July 2015. The 2015 theme is “Social Innovation in the World of Work“. The theme has been identified through a consultative process following the 2014 Academy in Brazil. The South-South cooperation will remain a key aspect in this discussion and will be one of the main sub-topics of the 2015 Academy. This edition of the Academy will be carried in English, French and Portuguese.
The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (TFSSE) is pleased to announce that the Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy will host a side event at the 3rd Conference on Financing for Development. It will take place on Monday 13 July 2015, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Meeting Room N°1, Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The topic of the side event is Social and Solidarity Economy for a Better Financing for Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda.