The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) aims to raise the visibility of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) within the UN system and beyond. The Members and Observers of the Task Force have committed to undertake collaborative activities to:
- enhance the recognition of the role of SSE enterprises and organizations in sustainable development;
- promote knowledge of SSE and consolidate SSE networks;
- support the establishment of an enabling institutional and policy environment for SSE;
- ensure coordination of international efforts, and create and strengthen partnerships.
The work of the Task Force takes the form of joint initiatives among members: producing reports and briefs, organizing events related to SSE in connection with relevant UN processes and conferences, and creating partnerships and dialogues with governmental and civil society entities.
History & Context
The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) was created in 2013 in response to a growing concern within the UN system to rethink development in the wake of multiple global crises and in the context of the post-2015 development and SDG agenda. The founding meeting of the UNTFSSE took place on 30 September 2013 in Geneva. The meeting was convened by ILO, UNDP, UN-NGLS and UNRISD, and attended by 14 agencies. As of November 2023, the task force has 17 Members (UN Agencies + OECD) and 13 Observers.
After years of continuous research and advocacy by the task force, on April 18, 2023, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution Promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable Development (A/RES/77/281). The governments of Chile, Senegal and Spain co-led this effort with support from the government of France. The resolution provides an official definition for the SSE (adopted from the ILC resolution) and acknowledges that it can contribute to the achievement and localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This resolution emerged from a momentum built up in 2022, with the International Labour Conference adopting the Resolution concerning decent work and the SSE during its 110th Session in June; the ECOSOC/HLPF side-event on the Role of SSE in achieving the SDGs in July; the OECD’s Recommendation of the Council on the Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation in October, and the Multi-stakeholder event: How can the international recognition of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) help achieve the SDGs through social and inclusive innovation?, in December. There have also been several regional developments on SSE including the EU action plan on social economy, launched in 2021, and the anticipated African Union 10-Year SSE Strategy.
The Task Force has a rotating Secretariat and Chair. As determined by Members during the 4th Technical Symposium (October 2023), Chantal Line Carpentier (UNCTAD) and Simel Esim (ILO) currently serve as Co-Chairs and the ILO maintains the Secretariat, providing administrative and technical support to the task force. UNTFSSE decisions are taken on a consensual basis during meetings held every two to three months. Organizations with observer status are invited to participate actively in the Task Force discussions and debates.