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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). 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 this general framework, […]
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 […]
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 […]
June 1, 2020

UNTFSSE participate 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 […]
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 16, 2019

UNTFSSE participated in the First Pact for Impact Summit in Paris on 10-11 July, 2019

Pact for Impact is an initiative led by the High Commissioner of Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation in France. It aims to create a Global Alliance that promotes and strengthens the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and the Inclusive Economy businesses and all stakeholders of social innovation. The two-day summit brought together 400 SSE stakeholders and government representatives from 50 countries. The 10 sessions at the event ranged from the SDGs, technology, and financing to measuring impact, youth and […]