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August 2, 2022

UNTFSSE special meeting on operationalizing the action plan 2022-2024

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy organized a virtual meeting to discuss recent milestones and future joint work. The meeting took place on July 19 2022, with 40 participants including representatives from the UN Task Force on the SSE (UNTFSSE). The meeting started by welcoming the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) CEPAL as new member of the UNTFSSE and Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD Office in New York, as […]
July 13, 2022

International organizations and policy makers affirmed the historic momentum around the Social and Solidarity Economy

A High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) side-event held on July 5th discussed the role of the social and solidarity economy in building back better and promoting sustainable development. Organized by RIPESS intercontinental, in partnership with the United Nations Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), the governments of France, Spain and Malaysia, the online side-event was an official side event of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF2022). An annual event and platform of the United Nations organized for the follow-up and review […]
May 20, 2022

The UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) held its 39th regular meeting

The 39th UNTFSSE meeting was held virtually on 11 May 2022. It brought together 45 participants from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, ESCAP and OECD), twelve observer organizations (CIRIEC, EMES, EURICSE, 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 mainstreaming […]
May 20, 2022

UNTFSSE participates at Catalysing Change Week 2022

The Director of the Enterprises Department of the ILO and Chair of the UN Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), Mr Vic Van Vuuren has participated in the Catalysing Change Week 2022, an international event to unlock and accelerate the potential of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).   Catalysing Change Week (CCW) is a global event led by social innovators and entrepreneurs to share knowledge, exchange ideas and accelerate collaborative systems change during more than 250 sessions […]
May 11, 2022

UNTFSSE participation in the conference “Social economy, the future of Europe”

Organized in Strasburg on 5-6 May, the event brought together more than 2,000 social economy stakeholders of Europe and beyond. The Director of the Enterprises Department at the ILO and Chair of the UN Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), Mr. Vic Van Vuuren and one official from the COOP Unit at the ILO and Technical Secretariat of the UNTFSSE, Ms. Valentina Verze, participated in the conference. The conference was organized by the city and euro-metropolis of Strasbourg, in partnership with […]
April 25, 2022

Stories on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): Building sustainable and solidary links among waste pickers in the informal economy in Brazil

Interview with Sonia Dias, Waste Picker Sector Specialist at Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) on Redesol, a network of cooperatives of waste pickers in Brazil. The interview was conducted by the International Labour Orgnization.   The establishment of sustainable business links in the recycling chain has been a dream pursued for waste pickers in the informal economy in Brazil. Since the early 1990’s waste pickers have been organizing themselves into cooperatives and other solidarity based associations. These […]
April 1, 2022

EU action plan on social economy is launched with references to the work of the UNTFSSE

On 9 December 2021, after a process of consultation with citizens and stakeholders, the European Commission (EC) published the Social Economy Action Plan « Building an economy that works for people: an action plan for the social economy”. The Action Plan represents a milestone in providing a policy framework on SSE in European Union. It was developed to help the European social economy thrive, tapping into its economic and job-creation potential, as well as its contribution to a fair and inclusive recovery, […]
March 29, 2022

The UNTFSSE participated in Pact for Impact’s event on Social and Solidarity Economy

The Chair of the UNTFSSE and the ILO’s Enterprises Department Director, Mr Vic van Vuuren, spoke at the Pact for Impact event “For an International Recognition of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)” on 4th March 2022. Pact for Impact Alliance is an initiative led by the French Government aiming to create a Global Alliance that promotes and strengthens the SSE and the Inclusive Economy. The event was held to review the history and achievements of Pact for Impact and to […]
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 […]
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 […]