GSEF gave a presentation at 2018 Lilongwe International Mayors Forum

2018 Lilongwe International Mayors Forum (Malawi 15 May)

“SSE as a Public Policy to Localize SDGs”

The GSEF was invited in 2018 Lilongwe International Mayors Forum, organized by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), UN Project Office on Governance (UN POG), Government of Malawi, City Council of Lilongwe, and UNDP Malawi. The Forum was held from 16~18 May, 2018, The Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) for the first time in Africa, and more than 110 mayors, government officials, academics and representatives of international organizations participated and discussed on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities at Local Level. The event was a space for learning and exchange of each city’s experiences on localization of SDGs and offered opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration among participated mayors and local leaders around the world.

The GSEF presented in the session titled as “Making our cities and communities more resilient” with the topic of the social and solidarity economy as a tool and public policy to localize SDGs. Based on the social economy policies of Seoul, Ms. Jinkyung Choi, the project manager of the GSEF secretariat, argued the potentials of the SSE as a powerful approach to build a local strategy to achieve SDGs. Many of participants expressed their interests by asking questions and comments and ask for more information to examine the possibility of applying SSE policies in their local contexts. The GSEF secretariat is very much appreciated the representatives of the UNOSD for this valuable chance to introduce the value of the SSE and will work further on creating future cooperation with local governments to created innovative and feasible local economic development policies through the SSE. For more information and presentations from the forum, visit