The 40th UNTFSSE meeting was held virtually on 05 October 2022. It brought together more than 40 participants from eight member (ILO, UNRISD, ESCAP, ECLAC, UNDP, UNDESA, UNCTAD and OECD), twelve observer organizations (Catalyst2030, CIRIEC, CSEND, EESC, EMES, EURICSE, DIESIS, GSEF, Euclid Network, ICA, SSE International Forum, RIPESS) and two resource persons.
The meeting started with a review of the priority objectives of the UNTFSSE. The focus was on how to operationalize these objectives based on the UNTFSSE workplan 2022-2024, as discussed during the third UNTFSSE technical symposium in December 2021 and at a special meeting held in July 2022.
Reflections on mainstreaming and enhancing the international dimensions of the SSE were shared, including the recent updates on the process leading to a UN resolution on the SSE and sustainable development. A brief overview was given on the ongoing and future steps following the adoption of the Resolution and conclusions concerning decent work and the SSE at the 110th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the ILO. Moreover, it was noted that a growing number of OECD member and non-member states expressed interest in following the guidance provided in the OECD Recommendation on the SSE and social innovation adopted in June 2022 by the OECD Council.
Updates on the ongoing and future activities of the Knowledge Hub were shared. Progress around the project funded by the Luxemburg Government on the development of a SSE Encyclopedia was highlighted. The recent publication of the new UNTFSSE Position Paper: Advancing the 2030 Agenda through the Social and Solidarity Economy was also mentioned. During the meeting, the progress in the preparation of the awareness-raising package on the SSE was presented by the ILO and ITC-ILO. Updates on regional activities of the UNTFSSE were also shared by representatives of RIPESS, ESCAP and ECLAC. It was noted that the Latin American and the Caribbean region will have its first regional event organized in November in the region.
The meeting continued with the presentation of the current communication strategy of the UNTFSSE, including the tools on sharing relevant information on events, projects and publications.
As part of the round of updates, EMES International Research Network provided information on its ongoing work on the SSE. Creating synergies for future events was also discussed, in particular within the framework of the Mont Blanc Meetings – Americas taking place on 17 to 19 October 2022 in Cartagena, Colombia; and GSEF2023 which will take place in Dakar (Senegal) from 1 to 6 May 2023 among others.