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June 15, 2021

UNTFSSE and ILO intervene 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 […]
September 13, 2020

9th Edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings (digital) – The Resources of the SSE in a context of Global Mutation

Programme:   3 September 2020, 15H00-17H00 CEST SESSION 1: LIMITED PROFITABILITY, OWNERSHIP OF THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION AND GENERAL INTEREST OF OUR ENTERPRISES 10 September 2020, 15H00-17H00 CEST SESSION 2: FINANCING THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY, PRIVATE OR PUBLIC FINANCING 17 September 2020, 15H00-17H00 CEST SESSION 3: NEW FORMS OF WORK – DIGITALISATION – SSE VERSUS “COLLABORATIVE” ECONOMY? 24 September 2020, 15H00-17H00 CEST SESSION 4: PROMOTING RESPECTFUL GLOBALIZATION, INTERNATIONALIZATION OF SSE, SDGS, ECOLOGICAL PACT 01 October 2020, 15:00-17:30 CEST FINAL […]
August 20, 2020

2020 High Level Political Forum: thematic session on Responding to the economic shock, relaunching growth, sharing economic benefits and addressing developing countries financing challenges

The HLPF on Sustainable Development 2020 serves as a platform in reviewing progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the run-up to 2030. This year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020 on Sustainable Development took place between July 7th and 17th. Against the backdrop of COVID-19, and its unprecedented economic and social consequences, the Forum discussed opportunities for “building back better” in the COVID-19 recovery process. UNRISD, ILO, UNDESA, UN-Women, and World Bank have acted as co-conveners for the […]
July 31, 2020

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 31st regular meeting on July 21, 2020

The meeting brought together over 30 participants including representatives from five member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART and OECD), ten observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, EESC, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND and ICA) and three resource persons. The discussions tackled the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and included feedback on the work done by the UNTFSSE and its members and observers. The joint statement by the UNTFSSE on the subject, the virtual […]
July 17, 2020

UNTFSSE participates in the UNGA side event organized by the French Government

The HLPF 2020 side-event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations along with Mr. Christophe Itier, High-Commissioner for Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation, Mrs. Alexandra Palt, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at L’Oréal and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations. The virtual event on “Social economy and women empowerment, leverages for Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action”, was moderated by Carrie Nooten, United Nations Correspondent for Le Monde […]
July 13, 2020

The UNTFSSE virtual event: “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?” was held on 10th July 2020

The United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized a virtual event on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?” on 10 July 2020 between 15:30 and 17:00 (CEST). The speakers elaborated upon the transformative role SSE can play, in a pluralist economy, in pursuing the SDGs and highlighted the need to unlock its potential to tackle the current structural economic, societal, social and environmental crises. The session was […]
July 10, 2020

UNTFSSE will be at the French Side-event Pact for Impact – High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Official Side-event on “Social economy and women empowerment, leverages for Sustainable Development Goals and Climate action” will be organized during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020 by the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations together with Mr. Christophe Itier, High-Commissioner for Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation, Mrs. Alexandra Palt, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at L’Oréal and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations French Government. The […]