UNTFSSE and RIPESS hosted a session in the framework of GSEF2021

This session is organized in the framework of 5th Edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) on “Local Government and Social Economy: co-creation of paths for a green and inclusive economy”.

GSEF2021 was be an opportunity to call for dialogue and action representation of national and local governments, members of civil society, academia, researchers, experts, private organizations, as well as international organizations committed to the development of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) at a global level, with the intention of involving them in the eradication of the inequalities in our societies. It was be host by Mexico City in a hybrid format.

The session on “Develop territorial and international alliances to promote the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a people-centred and planet-sensitive economy” reflected on different key aspects characterizing the social and solidarity economy (SSE) as key actor in the pursuit of Agenda 2030 and a better recovery. The panel discussion focused on the importance of alliances and partnerships at different levels – local, national, regional and international- to strengthen SSE ecosystems and promote SSE’s role in the achievement of the SDGs, in order to promote a people-centred and planet-sensitive economy. The session, co-organized by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force and on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) and Intercontinental network for the promotion of social solidarity economy (RIPESS), benefited from its members and observers’ experiences and knowledge.
It is organized also thanks to the contribution of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD) to RIPESS’ activities.


Key information

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Time: 13:00 – 14:30 Mexico time – 20:00-21:30 CET
Place: via Zoom Webinar
Languages: The webinar is held in English and Spanish




Introduction by the Moderator, Representative of RIPESS

Opening remarks:

  • Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, Chair of the UNTFSSE and Director of the Enterprises Department at ILO
  • Ms. Laurence KWARK, Secretary General of GSEF

Roundtable on the potential of SSE to achieve the SDGs and importance of alliances and partnerships at different level:

  • Local partnerships for socio-economic resilience at municipaly level: Mr. Mahamane Toure, Representative of Bamako Municipality, Mali
  • Multi-stakeholder partnerships enabling SSE ecosystems and social innovation: Ms. Béatrice Alain, Executive Director of Chantier de l’économie sociale in Québec and Co-chair of TIESS
  • National partnerships for creation of decent work and attaintement of the SDGs: Mr. Juan Manuel Louvier, Director General of INAES in Mexico
  • Regional partnerships in advancing the SSE action plan at EU level, with a focus on green and just transition: Mr. Juan Antonio Pedreno, President of Social Economy Europe
  • International partnerships and alliances: Mr. Arnaud BOULANGER, Senior Officer of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and representative of Pact for Impact Alliance

Roundtable moderated by Roberto Di Meglio, senior officer, ILO

Closing remarks:

  • Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Director of NY Office at UNCTAD, New Economics for Sustainable Development: Alternative economic models and concepts, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: A powerful global framework
  • Mr. Yvon Poirier, RIPESS and Representative of RIPESS LAC, Regionalization process of the UNTFSSE

Q&A and Wrap-up by the moderator, representative of RIPESS



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