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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 […]
August 27, 2021

The UNTFSSE will participate in the 12th edition of the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)

The Cooperative António Sérgio for Social Economy (CASES) of Portugal, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) are co-organising the 12th edition of the Academy on SSE titled “Building back better: the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in a people-centred and planet-sensitive recovery”. The first ever virtual Academy on SSE will take place from 15 to 26 November 2021 in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. The Academy will stimulate sharing of […]
August 25, 2021

The UNTFSSE will participate in the OECD event “The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream”

The event will take place virtually from 13 to 16 September 2021, from 13:00 to 16:00 CEST. The high-level virtual conference “The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream” will be the first international conference part of the OECD Global Action. It is expected to bring together hundreds of policy makers, practitioners, and experts working on the social and solidarity economy to: Learn more about key considerations when designing legal frameworks and measuring social impact, including based on […]
August 2, 2021

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 36th regular meeting

The 36th UNTFSSE meeting was virtually held on 27 July 2021 and brought together 35 participants from four UN member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNDP-ART), twelve observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, DIESIS, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and two resource persons. The meeting started by welcoming DIESIS, as a new observer in the UNTFSSE. A discussion around priority objectives of the UNTFSSE work plan, including the process leading to a UN resolution on […]
July 15, 2021

The UNTFSSE participated in a side event on overcoming inequalities through social and solidarity economy

The official side event to the UN High Level Political Forum took place on-line on July 8, 2021 focusing on examples from the social and solidarity economy in overcoming the growing inequalities during COVID-19. The side event “Overcoming inequalities through the COVID-19 recovery: proposals from the Social and Solidarity Economy and the Right to the City ” was co-organised by RIPESS , the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) and Urgenci. The objective was to demonstrate: the diversity and potential of Social Solidarity […]
June 30, 2021

Members and observers of the United Nations Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) co-organized a session at the Vth World Forum on Local Economic Development

UNDP, GSEF, UNRISD, ILO, and the UNTFSSE held virtually a session on “Integrated territorial systems for Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): building a framework for analysis and planning’’ on 1 June 2021. The Vth World Forum on Local Economic Development (WFLED) was virtually held from May 26 to June 1, 2021 with the host of Córdoba, Argentina. The Vth WFLED aimed to address some of the most pressing issues related to local economic development (LED) and its potential to support the transition […]
June 15, 2021

UNTFSSE intervenes at the Fifth World Forum on Local Economic Development

The UNTFSSE Chair and ILO Enterprises Department Director’s intervention focused on the future of work and the work of the future from a territorial perspective in the context of the crisis generated by COVID19. The V World Forum on Local Economic Development (WFLED) was virtually held from May 26 to June 1, 2021 with the host of Córdoba, Argentina. The Vth WFLED aimed to address some of the most pressing issues related to local economic development (LED) and its potential to support […]
June 15, 2021

UNTFSSE participates in the European Social Economy Summit (EUSES)

The Chair of the UNTFSSE and Director of ILO Enterprises Department, Mr. Vic van Vuuren, participated and spoke on the first day ofthe European Social Economy Summit (EUSES) broadcasted from Mannheim on 26-27 May 2020. The European social economy journey came to its climax with the successful convene of the European Social Economy Summit on 26-27 May 2021 following a eight month process of the “Digital Road to Mannheim” that lasted from September 2020 to April 2021. The Summit was organized by […]
May 28, 2021

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 35th regular meeting

The UNTFSSE meeting was virtually held on 18 May 2021 and brought together around 40 participants including representatives from six member (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNHRC), twelve observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, EMES, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and three resource persons. The meeting started with a discussion around priority objectives of the UNTFSSE work plan, including the process leading to a UN resolution on SSE and two joint UNTFSSE project […]
May 28, 2021

A joint event co-organized by the United Nations Task Force on Social, Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), and Social Economy Europe (SEE) in the framework of European Social Economy Summit (EUSES)

The event “Social and Solidarity Economy: leading the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the contribution to a fair recovery” was virtually held on April 29 2021. The webinar took place in the framework of EUSES on the day dedicated to Partnerships for maximising social impact. Moderated by Mr. Victor Meseguer, Director of SEE, the event started with opening remarks by Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, Chair of the UNTFSSE and Director of the Enterprises Department at ILO and Patrizia Bussi, Vice-President of SEE and SG of ENSIE. Mr. Van Vuuren highlighted […]
May 12, 2021

UNTFSSE participated in Catalysing Change Week 2021

On May 6, Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, the Chair of The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) and Director of ILO Enterprises Department, was invited to speak at the session of “How can social entrepreneurs help the UN to achieve the SDGs?” during Catalysing Change Week 2021 (3-7 May) organized by Catalyst 2030. The event was moderated by Sue Riddlestone from Bioregional, with two senior leaders from UN agencies as its panelists- Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of United Nations Conference […]
April 27, 2021

UNTFSSE participates in the relaunch of the Pact for Impact Alliance

The Chair of the UNTFSSE and Director of the Enterprises Department, Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, participated in the re-launch of the Pact for Impact Alliance virtually held on 15 April 2020. The event started with the opening remarks of Ms Olivia Grégoire, French Minister of State in charge of the social, solidarity and responsible economy. Ms Grégoire recalled that the first summit of the Alliance, held in 2019 aimed at creating a Global Alliance that promotes and strengthens the Social […]
April 1, 2021

UNTFSSE participated in a Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and creation of jobs in the EU

The UNTFSSE Chair participated in the event titled “The role of Social Economy in the creation of jobs and in the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights” organized by the Portuguese Government on March 29, 2021. The high-level event was held partially in presence at Queluz Palace in the city of Sintra, and partially via videoconference. The opening remarks of Mr. Basílio Horta, Mayor of Sintra, Ms. Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of […]
April 1, 2021

The UNTFSSE project on the Knowledge Hub funded by the Government of Luxembourg

The Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg funded the UNTFSSE project “The Knowledge Hub package proposal: The SSE Encyclopedia and the UNTFSSE position paper“, within the framework of the The Knowledge Hub package “. This project will be implemented in 2021 under the auspices of the United Nations Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) . The project is expected to harness the unique and distinctive potential of social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations to […]
March 30, 2021

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 34th regular meeting

The UNTFSSE meeting was virtually held on 03 March, 2021 and brought together almost 40 participants including representatives from six member (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, OECD), eleven observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and two resource persons. The meeting started with the discussion around several priority objectives in the work plan of the UNTFSSE , including the process leading to a UN resolution on SSE in 2021 and […]
March 30, 2021

Joint UNTFSSE-SEE event in the framework of European Social Economy Summit

The Social Economy Europe  and the UN Taskforce on Social and Solidarity Economy will co-organise the event “Social and Solidarity Economy: leading the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the contribution to a fair recovery”. The event will take place on Thursday 29 April, from 13:30 to 15:00 CEST in the framework of the European Social Economy Summit (#EUSES) on the day dedicated to Partnerships for maximising social impact. This session will examine the transformative role that the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) plays […]
January 25, 2021

Social and Solidarity Economy highlighted as an alternative model of growth in the UN Secretary General’s Report on “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”

The report was released for the upcoming Fifty-ninth session of the Commission for Social Development on the topic. In the report (available in English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese), the Secretary General addresses the need for a socially just transition towards a more inclusive, equitable, resilient and sustainable development. He provides an analysis of policies to be adopted and actions to be taken toward that end. The report highlights the role of digital technologies in promoting […]
December 11, 2020

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 33rd regular meeting

The meeting was virtually held on 08 December, 2020 and brought together almost 40 participants including representatives from seven member (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNHRC and OECD), ten observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, and ICA) and three resource persons. The meeting started with an update around the joint work on COVID-19 global pandemic and its implications on the social and solidarity economy (SSE). The joint statement of the […]
December 11, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the Side event 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD): “Building Back Better: Action Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World”

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed each year on December 3rd and has two primary goals: First, to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities; and Second, to take action to insure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The theme for IDPD 2020 was: “Building Back Better: Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World”. The occurrence was virtually held on 4 December 2020, as a […]
December 11, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the second meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration under the Spanish Presidency

On 04 December 2020, Ms. Yolanda Díaz, the Spanish Minister of Labour and Social Economy and Maravillas Espín, Director General for Self-Employment, Social Economy and CSR chaired the second meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration, following the first meeting of May 2020. Spain is the current chair of this committee. Representatives of several Member States of the European Union were present, along with the European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Social Economy Europe (SEE), ILO, […]
November 5, 2020

A joint initiative of the UNTFSSE and SOCIOECO: online archive on social and solidarity economy (SSE) laws

Socioeco.org is an international and multilingual virtual library on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) established by RIPESS. Its purpose is to document and give visibility to inspiring SSE initiatives and policies that exist or have existed in different regions, countries, cities, and rural areas around the world. It presents case studies, videos, publications, articles, public policies, pedagogical tools, amongst others. Socioeco.org works with 15 other databases on topics related to SSE, thus offering a very large scope of contents. In […]
October 27, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the closing plenary session of the GSEF Global Virtual Forum

At the event, the Director of the ILO’s Enterprises Department and Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) discussed the importance of social economy organizations in COVID-19 recovery measures and in the implementation of Agenda 2030. The event was part of GSEF Global Virtual Forum October 2020 with the central theme ‘Great Challenges, Greater Solidarity: Power of Community and SSE as a Path for Transformation’ organized by GSEF and GSEF2021 Mexico’s Local Organizing Committee […]
October 27, 2020

The UNTFSSE event “Why does SSE matter for the Agenda 2030 and the recovery post COVID-19?” was held on 21st Oct

The United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized a virtual event on “Why does SSE matter for the Agenda 2030 and the recovery post COVID-19?” on 21 October 2020, in the framework of GSEF Global Virtual Forum. More than 300 participants participated in the virtual event. Held in English and Spanish, the event was organized by ILO in its current role of Chair and Secretariat of the UNTFSSE. Ms. Laurence Kwark, Secretary General at GSEF […]
October 16, 2020

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 32nd regular meeting

The meeting brought together almost 40 participants including representatives from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART and OECD), eleven observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, Catalyst2030, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, ICA, EMES) and three resource persons. The meeting started with a homage to David Thompson, followed by welcoming Cataylst 2030 as a new observer to the task force. Discussions centred around COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on the social and solidarity economy (SSE) […]
October 16, 2020

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy has a new website

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) was established in 2013 to raise the visibility of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) within the UN system and beyond. The Task Force members and observers undertake joint initiatives: producing reports and briefs; organizing events related to SSE in connection with relevant UN processes and conferences; and creating partnerships and dialogue with governmental and civil society entities. The new UNTFSSE website (http://unsse.org/) was designed to be an accessible, […]
October 12, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the launching of the MedTOWN conference

The Director of the ILO’s Enterprises Department and Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), Vic van Vuuren introduced the work of the Task Force at a webinar organized by the Spanish NGO “Asamblea de Cooperación Por la Paz” (ACPP). The event “Co-producing social policies with SSE actors to fight poverty, inequality and social exclusion” took place on October 5th and was organized by the Spanish NGO “Asamblea de Cooperación Por la Paz” (ACPP) […]
October 12, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the closing session of the first edition of the Digital Mont Blanc Meetings

At the webinar organized by SSE International Forum, the Director of the ILO’s Enterprises Department and Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) discussed the importance of social economy organizations in COVID-19 recovery measures and in the implementation of Agenda 2030. The event was part of the first edition of the Digital Mont Blanc Meetings organized by SSE International Forum. The webinars took place every Thursday in September 2020 and featured topics including social […]
October 9, 2020

UNTFSSE virtual event – “Why does SSE matter for the Agenda 2030 and the recovery post Covid-19?” within the framework of GSEF Global 2020 Virtual Forum

The United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) hosts a virtual event on “Why does SSE matter for the Agenda 2030 and the recovery post Covid-19?” on 21 October 2020 between 5:30 and 7:00 pm (CEST). This webinar is organized in the framework of GSEF Global Virtual Forum 19-23 October 2020 on “Great Challenges, Greater Solidarity: Power of Community and SSE as path for transformation”. Here the full program. It aims to examine how SSE institutions […]
September 22, 2020

GSEF Global Virtual Forum 2020

Great Challenges, Greater Solidarity Power of Community and SSE as a Path for Transformation GSEF Global Virtual Forum 19-23 October 2020 GSEF and GSEF2021 Mexico Local Organizing Committee (LOC) present the GSEF Global Virtual Forum October 2020 with the central theme ‘Great Challenges, Greater Solidarity: Power of Community and SSE as a Path for Transformation’, which takes place from 19th to 23rd October 2020. The forum will be organized around: 5 Plenaries with simultaneous translation in English, French, and Spanish; […]
September 14, 2020

International Conference: Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia (22 Sept. 2020)

The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a way of conducting economic activity while pursuing both social and economic aims and fostering solidarity. Despite the rising importance of the SSE, major questions remain regarding the definition, measurement, size, impact, potential, and limits of the SSE. Against this backdrop, the ILO launched a project, ‘Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy Policy (SSE) in Asia’ in 2019 in collaboration with an implementing partner, the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA), with financial support from the […]