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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, social and environmental crises.
The session will also be an opportunity to present the UNTFSSE statement on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?”. Based on UNTFSSE experience and international evidence, the panel discussion will reflect on different roles of the SSE in a “better recovery”. The virtual event will be held in English. A livestreaming on the UNTFSSE channels will be available, along with the recording of the event.
To register for the webinar, please click here.
Vic van Vuuren, Chair, UNTFSSE; Director of Enterprises Department, ILO (Moderator)
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of New York Office, UNCTAD
Ilcheong Yi, Senior Research Coordinator, UNRISD
Simel Esim, Head of Cooperatives Unit, ILO
Luca Renda, Head of Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility at the Crisis Bureau, UNDP
Wenyan Yang, Chief of Social Perspective on Development Branch, UNDESA
Antonella Noya, Head of Social Economy and Innovation Unit, OECD
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 root causes of exclusionary and unsustainable development, in order to shape a different future. Rethinking the way we do business will be crucial in order to ensure a ‘people-centred and planet-sensitive’ recovery.”
It introduces the SSE as one key actor in shaping such a recovery, especially through promoting the access to basic rights, in particular for the most vulnerable people; generating innovative solutions at the local level; supporting a just transition; acting as an anticyclical “antidote”. The statement concludes with a call for action for governments.
It is available in English here.
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 decided that the Task Force would jointly draft a statement on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?” The statement will be launched and discussed during a virtual event to be organized by the UNTFSSE on 10 July 2020 at 3.30 pm (CEST), with speakers from member organizations. More information including how to attend the event will soon be available here .
The UNTFSSE was also invited by the French High Commissioner on SSE and Social Innovation, Mr. Christophe Itier, to participate in a virtual side-event to be organized by the French Government on “Social economy and women empowerment: leverages for SDGs and climate action” in the framework of the UN High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development. The UNTFSSE confirmed its interest to be part of the event as a partner and the Chair will present the work of the Task Force. The date of the virtual meeting is still to be confirmed.
The UNTFSSE meeting concluded with an agreement to continue the conversation with key governments and partners in order to further develop and implement the priority objectives of the UNTFSSE work plan for 2020-2022.
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 its implications on the SSE and on the work of the UNTFSSE. It was agreed that the Task Force should draft a joint statement on the subject and keep updating the UNTFSSE dedicated page .
Several priority objectives identified in the work plan of the UNTFSSE were also discussed, including the possible process leading to a UN resolution on SSE and two joint project proposals.
A recent task force initiative to create a webpage compiling available SSE framework laws and other relevant laws was presented. The page, which has already been launched and managed by socioeco.org , with regular updates from interested UNTFSSE members and observers, will be publicly available in the coming weeks. The members were also informed that the UNTFSSE website and the Knowledge Hub webpage are now available in French, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English.
The Manager of the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit shared its ongoing work documenting responses by cooperatives and other SSE institutions on COVID-19 and related policy actions. Participants also shared updates on their relevant international events, many of which have been postponed due to the current pandemic.
The next regular meeting of the UNTFSSEE will be organized in July 2020.
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) and three resource persons.
A number of representatives from member and observer organizations shared their ongoing work on COVID-19 response and SSE including research, policy analysis, information gathering and sharing, advocacy, and technical cooperation. Some representatives noted that they have been conducting surveys to assess members’ needs, explore innovative solutions and gather government measures in support of SSE organizations and ecosystems including through recovery funds and policies.
The participants expressed the need to systematize and share the knowledge of the task force members and observers. It was agreed that the dedicated page of the UNTFSSE would be populated with data, information and knowledge from the different UN agencies and organizations of the task force.
The Chair of the Task Force and the Director of the ILO’s Enterprises Department Vic Van Vuuren noted that SSE enterprises and organizations will be key for the recovery and transformation of societies and economies in the follow up to the COVID-19 crisis. The UNTFSSE meeting concluded with an agreement to realign its work plan in responding to the unfolding realities.
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 economic and social systems, including the health care sector in mitigating the negative impacts. Solidarity and social trust strengthened in and beyond SSE organizations are expected to be a fundamental basis for the recovery and transformation post-COVID-19 crisis. The collection and systematization of data, information and knowledge on the actions, actors, and organizations of SSE amid COVID-19 crisis will help better harness SSE communities to engage with the policy debates for a transformation of our economic, social and political systems that revealed structural weakness to COVID-19.
As an effort to systematize information sharing and dissemination, this page collects the information on the activities of members and observers of UNTFSSE:
- European Economic and Social Committee:
🔍 EMES statement “Collaboration and solidarity to prevail against the COVID-19 and future crises”;
- Euclid Network:
🔍 Impact Practitioners & COVID-19: Weathering The Storm webpage;
🔍Euclid Network joint Covid statement letters;
🔍Euricse news on Covid-19 and third sector;
🔍 GSEF dedicated webpage on “Anti-epidemic public policies in East Asia amid the covid-19 outbreak”;
🔍 GSEF Webinar Series on SSE and COVID-19;
- International Co-operative Alliance (ICA):
🔍 Dedicated webpage on ICA members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and related news on the cooperative movement at large;
- International Labour Organization:
🔍 COVID-19 and the World of work webpage;
🔍 COVID-19 Enterprises Resources webpage;
🔍 ILO resources on Cooperative, SSE and crisis response webpage;
🔍 Collective Brain dedicated webpage on SSE responses to COVID-19;
🔍Dedicated portal on covid-19 response;
🔍Note on “Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From pandemic to recovery: Local employment and economic development”;
🔍 Intercontinental webinars “SSE 2020 Global Vision” webpage;
- Social Economy Europe (SEE):
🔍 SEE Open Letter;
🔍 Annex of SEE members initiative, updated periodically;
🔍 Survey to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social economy actors, collect information about their response to the crisis, and to amplify the voices of all social economy actors. Available in English, French, Italian, Polish and Spanish;
🔍 SEE video message of solidarity and hope #WeStandTogether;
🔍 Actively contributing to the European Commission dedicated webpage on best practices in relation to the COVID19 pandemic;
- SSE International Forum:
🔍 Series of news, analysis and resosurce, monitoring the effects of the global pandemic on manufacturing, trade, foreign direct investment and economic growth dedicated page on Coronavirus (COVID-19);
🔍 UNCTAD news and updates on Coronavirus Pandemic;
🔍 Series of pocily briefs and news on Economic and social impacts of COVID-19 website;
🔍 UNDP dedicated webpage on Covid-19 news and response;
🔍 UNRISD Covid-19 Blog series website;
🔍 UNRISD Survey on Responses to Covid-19 and Vulnerable Communities.
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 (ILO, OECD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNRISD and 9 observers (CSEND, CIRIEC, Euclid Network, EURICSE, FMDV, GSEF, ICA, SSE International Forum, RIPESS).
The event was an opportunity to reflect on achievements since its establishment in 2013, challenges ahead and strategies for the future. As main result, the Task Force agreed upon key actions to be jointly undertaken by its members and observers in the next biennium.
🔍 Check the Brief_Report_UNTFSSE Technical Symposium.
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.
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