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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 […]
July 10, 2020

SSE Encyclopedia: First Meeting of the Editorial Committee

The first meeting of the Editorial Committee of the SSE Encyclopedia was held online on July 9, 2020. Seven members of the Committee from Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Europe and two staffs of Edward Elgar Publishing, partner for this Encyclopedia project, participated in the discussions on various issues related to the implementation of the project including key areas of entries and publication plans. Various key areas have been discussed with great enthusiasm for the creation of a […]
June 27, 2020

UNTFSSE on Social Media

The “UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy” (UNTFSSE) is now on social media! Follow us on: Twitter: https://lnkd.in/et4PTTw Facebook: https://lnkd.in/eAchHAR LinkedIn: https://lnkd.in/efGwJbx Instagram: https://lnkd.in/e_g2kxD YouTube: https://lnkd.in/ebwWaGE    
June 23, 2020

UNTFSSE virtual event: “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?”

The United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) will organize 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). This webinar aims to examine how and why the SSE plays – in a pluralist economy – a transformative role in pursuing the SDGs and highlight the urgency to unlock its potential to tackle the current structural economic, societal, […]
June 23, 2020

UNTFSSE statement on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?”

In June 2020, the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) released a statement on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?” The statement is a joint effort of members and observers of the task force to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, its impacts on lives, economies and planet and recovery strategies necessary to overcome the socio-economic crisis. The document states that “(…) it is necessary to address the […]
June 22, 2020

UNTFSSE special meeting on COVID-19 and other matters

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized a virtual meeting to continue the discussion on the implications of COVID-19 on the Task Force work. The meeting took place on 12 June 2020, with over 30 participants including representatives from six member organizations of the Task Force (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNDESA and OECD), nine observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, GSEF, Euclid network, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EESC and ICA) and three resource persons. It was […]
June 6, 2020

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

On 28 May 2020, the Spanish Minister of Labour and Social Economy Ms. Yolanda Díaz chaired the first meeting via video conferencing as President of the Monitoring Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration. The Spanish Government succeeded the French Government this year. Representatives of 14 Member States of the European Union were present, together with the European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), ESS France, Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy (CEPES), Social Economy Europe (SEE), ILO, OECD and […]
May 27, 2020

UNTFSSE 30th regular meeting

On 19 May 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized its 20th regular meeting since the establishment of the Task Force in 2013. The meeting brought together close to 50 participants including representatives from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNDESA and OECD), eleven observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, EESC, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EMES and ICA) and three resource persons. The discussions centred around COVID-19 and […]
April 29, 2020

UNTFSSE special meeting on COVID-19

On April 28th 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized a virtual meeting  to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and its responses to the unfolding crises. The meeting brought together 40 participants including representatives from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNDESA and UNHRC), 10 observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, GSEF, Euclid network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EMES and ICA) […]
April 7, 2020

SSE responses to COVID-19: information from the members and observers of the UNTFSSE

With the unprecedented impacts on all aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has revealed the weakest links and blind spots of the social and economic systems within and between countries. As governments at all levels across struggle to cope with the crisis, various forms of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) prove their responsiveness and effectiveness in addressing a wide range of problems of COVID-19. We learn every day about innovative ways SSE actors and practices contribute to filling the gaps of […]
March 5, 2020

UNTFSSE second technical symposium

The second technical symposium of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) took place in Trento (Italy) on 21 and 22 November 2019. It was organized by the International Labour Organization and facilitated by the ILO International Training Centre, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of the Luxembourg Government and hosted by EURICSE. Thirty-six participants took part in the event which included resource persons and representatives of 6 members […]
November 28, 2019

#4EMESPolanyi Seminar | Submission deadline approaching soon

  Abstracts for the next 4th EMES-Polanyi International Seminar are due on December 15th, 2019. This international seminar will be held at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme! 🔍 Check the call for papers, submission link, registration and important dates. 📚 Download the 48 papers published so far from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd EMES-Polanyi seminars. This seminar is a co-organized COST Empower-SE Action, so funding will be available to selected participating authors with accepted papers (see the call […]
November 12, 2019

November 4th 2019 Event in Brussels: Opportunities and Challenges of Statistics on the Social and Solidarity Economy

On 4 November 2019, the UNTFSSE, in collaboration with UNRISD, ICA, CIRIEC and Social Economy Europe, organized an expert workshop on the topic of “Opportunities and Challenges of Statistics on the Social and Solidarity Economy”, held in EESC’s office, in Brussels. This page gathers key resources related to this event. Key Messages The demand for statistics on SSE which is needed for social and political recognition and government support is growing. Despite important work by national statistical agencies and researchers […]
July 4, 2019

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? International Conference

Date: 25 – 26 June 2019 Time: 9.00-17.00 Location: Room II, III and IV at R3 South, ILO, Geneva. Enter through gate 4 (R2 North) Donor(s): Government of the Republic of Korea, represented by Statistics Korea; Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg; UNRISD; ILO This event was part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” launched by the United Nations […]
February 25, 2019

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? Asia Edition

Date: 24 Feb 2019 Time: 11.30 – 16.30 Location: Wonju Campus, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea This event is part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” which was launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018 and organized by UNRISD. With the Call for Papers, the UNTFSSE aims to identify and mobilize research from different […]
July 13, 2018

Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies – An Official Side Event of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), member of the UNTFSSE is organizing this side event to the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. Date: 17 July 2018 Time: 10.00-12.00 Location: Church Center of the United Nations (2nd Floor), 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Donor(s): Global Social Economy Forum Counterpart(s): UN-DESA Department for Inclusive Social Development, Global Social Economy Forum This event is open to the public.   As an integrated and balanced […]
June 4, 2018

Call for Proposals – Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) is launching a Call for Papers to assess the contribution of SSE to inclusive and sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on local contexts. Organized by UNRISD, in its role as coordinator of the Task Force’s recently established Knowledge Hub, the Call for Papers aims to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories that critically examines the role of SSE as a means of implementation for the SDGs. […]
May 4, 2018

Remembering Jens Nilsson & Paul Singer

The UNTFSSE wishes to honour the lives of two colleagues, Jens Nilsson and Paul Singer, who regrettably passed away in March and April, respectively. They both in their own way contributed to the Social and Solidarity Economy as we know it. They each leave behind a legacy for those presently working in the field and for future generation of SSE leaders. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and all those who knew them.   Jens Nilsson (1948-2018) By Miguel […]
June 22, 2016

Global Social Economy Forum – GSEF2016, September 7-9, 2016 in Montréal, Canada

WHY HAVE THE GSEF2016? Because more than 2,000 participants from every continent will be converging in Québec’s metropolis for to discuss and work on the central theme of the Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016: collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities. DATE September 7-9, 2016 Palais des Congrès de Montréal Montréal, Canada Across the world, the social and solidarity economy (SSE) generates important economic, social, cultural, and environmental impact, and, more […]
June 20, 2016

SSE Included in the Revised Zero Draft New Urban Agenda

In the latest Zero Draft New Urban Agenda, 18 June 2016, SSE is now included in paragraph 31. SSE was brought to the attention of the office of Habitat III, due to a letter sent to the office urging that SSE must be included in the New Urban Agenda. Below is the full letter in detail.   We, Social and Solidarity Economy networks, Intercontinental Network for the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS), Mont-Blanc Meetings/International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs […]
February 3, 2016

Task Force represented at the first European Forum on SSE

On January 28 the UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) represented by Marie-Adélaïde Matheï participated in the first European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy to present United Nations’ work on SSE. Hosted by the European Parliament the conference was the fruit of an initiative led and organized by the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) to turn their long time support for the SSE into one of its main strategic focuses for the current […]
December 22, 2015

“Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe” – Conference of the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

The Luxembourg Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy held on 3-4 December a conference on “Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe“. During its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Luxembourg has promoted social economy at the European level in the context of inclusive growth, quality job creation and social cohesion. The conference lead to the adoption of a declaration by the Governments of France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain towards a comprehensive ecosystem […]
December 15, 2015

7th Mont Blanc Meeting

The 7th Mont-Blanc Meetings – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs that was held in Chamonix, France from November 26th to November 28th, and was a great success. The different sessions were a true space for exchange of ideas and concrete proposals. On the last day fo the forum a final declaration, an outcome of the contributions of the participants, was discussed and adopted.