UNTFSSE

March 2, 2022

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 38th regular meeting

The 38th UNTFSSE meeting was held virtually on 24 February 2022. It brought together 45 participants from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNDP, UNCTAD, ESCAP and OECD), twelve observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, DIESIS, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and three resource persons. The meeting started with a review of the priority objectives of the new UNTFSSE workplan 2022-2024, as discussed during the third UNTFSSE technical symposium held in December 2021. Reflections on […]
February 1, 2022

UNTFSSE Participates in an International Seminar on Social Innovation and Inclusion

The Chair of UNTFSSE and Director of ILO Enterprises Department joins a discussion at the MedTOWN’s international seminar on social and solidarity economy. On 26 January 2022, Mr Vic van Vuuren, the Chair of UNTFSSE and Director of ILO Enterprises Department attended the MedTOWN International Seminar on Social and Solidarity Economy which was held virtually. In a panel discussion on social innovation and public policies, Mr van Vuuren shared ILO’s experience in innovative Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) practices and highlighted the […]
December 17, 2021

The relationship between cooperatives and the wider SSE was explored during two events around the World Cooperative Congress

With the theme of “Deepening our Cooperative Identity”, the 33rd World Cooperative Congress was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea from 1 to 3 December 2021. The Director of ILO’s Enterprises Department and chair of the UNTFSSE, Mr Victor van Vuuren contributed to the discussion on cooperatives and the wider Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) at a parallel session of the Congress and at a post-Congress event on Global Round Table of Governmental Authorities for the Promotion of Cooperatives. During his presentation at the […]
December 17, 2021

The UNTFSSE held its third technical symposium

The technical symposium took place virtually from 6 to 10 December 2021. The third technical symposium of the UNTFSSE was organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and facilitated by the ILO International Training Centre (ITC-ILO). Fifty participants took part in the event which included resource persons and representatives of eight members (ILO, OECD, UNESCAP, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNRISD) and 12 observers (CSEND, CIRIEC, Diesis, EMES international, Euclid Network, EURICSE, EESC, GSEF, ICA, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, Social Economy Europe).     The event provided […]
October 28, 2021

The UNTFSSE and RIPESS co-organized a session in GSEF2021

The fifth Edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) was held in Mexico City from October 4 to 8, 2021. Focusing on “Local Governments and Social Economy: co-creation of paths for a green and inclusive economy”, GSEF2021 engaged representatives from national and local governments, private, civil society and international organizations, academia, researchers and experts, in dialogue and action for the development of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). On the third day of the forum, the session on “Develop […]
October 28, 2021

The UNTFSSE participated in the opening session of GSEF2021

The fifth Edition of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) was held in Mexico City from October 4 to 8, 2021. Focusing on “Local Governments and Social Economy: co-creation of paths for a green and inclusive economy”, GSEF2021 engaged representatives from national and local governments, private, civil society and international organizations, academia, researchers and experts, in dialogue and action for the development of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). On the first day of the forum, the Director of Enterprises […]
October 28, 2021

The UNTFSSE participated in European Social Economy Week 2021

Director of ILO Enterprises Department and Chair of UNTFSSE, Mr Vic Van Vuuren participated at the European Social Economy Week 2021 in a discussion on the global challenges and perspectives of social economy as a driver of sustainable development. The European Social Economy Week 2021 took place from 11-15 October upon the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union. With the launch of the European Social Economy Action Plan in the last quarter of 2021, the event focused on scaling up, digitalization and […]
October 28, 2021

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 37th regular meeting

The 37th UNTFSSE meeting was virtually held on 21 October 2021 and brought together almost 50 participants from seven UN member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNCTAD, ESCAP) and OECD, thirteen observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, EMES, DIESIS, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and two resource persons. The meeting started with the Chair welcoming ESCAP, as a new member to the UNTFSSE and the Growth team at the Bureau for Policy and […]
October 28, 2021

The UNTFSSE organized a session as part of the 8th EMES conference on statistics

The UNTFSSE session discussed opportunities and challenges around statistics concerning the SSE. The United Nations Task Force on Social, Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)’s session on statistics concerning the SSE took place virtually within the framework of the 8th EMES conference. The conference was organized by the EMES International Research Network, in partnership with the Empower-SE COST Action, the University of Zaragoza’s GESES-Zaragoza University Research Group (Grupo de Estudios Sociales y Económicos del Tercer Sector), the Social Economy Laboratory LAB_ES and CEPES Aragon. Under […]
September 29, 2021

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 […]
September 24, 2021

Building back better: the social economy as a driving force for change

In a session of the OECD event “The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream”, ILO Enterprises Director and the Chair of the UNTFSSE, along with actors of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), envisions a human-centred recovery with the SSE as a driving force. The OECD’s first high-level virtual conference “The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream” was held from 13 to 16 September 2021. The UNTFSSE actively participated in this event. […]
August 31, 2021

Three research papers on SSE statistics have been released by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)

The papers on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) statistics aim at supporting stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the methodologies on SSE and policymakers to establish and improve SSE statistical systems. Although policymakers increasingly pay attention to SSE organizations and enterprises (SSEOEs), in particular, their potentials to address social, economic and environmental problems in alternative ways, the lack of statistical information about the weight, size and scope of SSEOEs in their territory often prevents them from establishing sustainable and inclusive […]