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In collaboration with international organizations such as agencies of the UN system, international civil society networks and other organizations, GSEF has dedicated its efforts to advocate the potential of SSE as a strategy for achieving the global goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the New Urban Agenda.

A. Collaborating with UNTF SSE and other international networks

GSEF has been participating in the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE as an observer and has worked with other international SSE networks to strengthen the SSE agenda in discussions at a global level.
By participating in significant international meetings, GSEF advocates the recognition of SSE as an important mean of achieving the 2030 Agenda. As a result of this commitment, in a collective effort with other international SSE networks, GSEF managed to ensure that the SSE was mentioned in the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III (17-20 October 2016, Quito, Ecuador) and issued the Praia Manifesto in the framework of the 4th Local Economic Development Forum (17-20 October 2017, Praia, Cabo Verde). More recently, GSEF held a side event on the theme 'SDGs and SSE' at the UN High-Level Political Forum (9-18 July 2018, New York, United States) in partnership with UNDESA and UNRISD.
B. Organizing SSE sessions at major international conferences

GSEF has organized several thematic sessions on SSE at various international conferences including the 8th CityNet Congress and the 9th World Urban Forum. In addition, GSEF has been invited
to major trainings and conferences to present cases and lessons learned from our member cities/organizations including three UN Sustainable Development forums on SDGs - 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (Daejeon, Korea), 2017 SDGs Training (Incheon, Korea) and 2018 International Mayors Forum (Lilongwe, Malawi) - UCLG Culture Summit, RTES Annual Gathering, etc.
  • GSEF welcomes ILO's commitment to promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy and cooperatives in its Declaration “The Future of Work” 16. Jul. 2019

    Following the proposed centenary report of the International Labour Organization (ILO), The ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work 2019, GSEF has issued a position paper to highlight the importance of SSE in the future of work and presented its suggestion of including a strategic direction plan of SSE which should be included in the report. On June 21st, ILO adopted the “ILO Centenary Declaration of the Future of Work 2019” (the Declaration) during its 108th International Labour Conference in which cooperatives and social and solidarity economy were recognized in the final version of the Declaration. The Declaration identifies the challenges ahead with regard to workers’ rights and proposes corresponding solutions in the coming years. GSEF welcomes ILO's commitment to promoting the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) and cooperatives in the Declaration. GSEF and its members strongly believe that the social and solidarity economy (SSE) contributes to the creation of an inclusive and equitable economy which serves both people and planet. We believe that prioritizing the environment and society over the generation of profit creates an economy that truly serves to foster an inclusive and equitable economy. The final version of the Declaration stated that “the ILO must direct its efforts to supporting the role of the private sector as a principal source of economic growth and job creation by promoting an environment that enables entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprises, in particular micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as cooperatives and the social and solidarity economy, in order to generate decent work, productive employment and improved living standards for all”.
  • Special session at the International Conference of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) 25 Jun 2019 to 26 Jun 2019

    GSEF organized a special session around the theme of 'Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?' in the framework of the International Conference of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), which took place from 25-26 June 2019. Detailed information about the program is available here. The session was co-organized by the GSEF and OECD under the title of 'Maximizing Social Impact of SSE for Inclusive Cities through Innovative Partnerships of Local Government', and the following four speakers presented cases from the respective region:  Ms. Ester Vidal (Director of Services for Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy, the City Council of Barcelona, Spain) Mr. Joon Hyung Lee (City Councilor, Seoul City Council, Republic of Korea) Mr. Edison Masereka (Manager for Business Development and Research, Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda) Mr. Byung-hoon Lee (Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, the Hyundai Motor Group).    The session was moderated by Ms. Antonella Noya (Head of Unit, Social Economy and Innovation, OECD). Presentation files from each speaker are attached below.  Ms. Laurence Kwark, Secretary General of GSEF, also delivered opening remarks during the opening session of this Conference where she highlighted the crucial role of the SSE towards the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An overview of some of the conference highlights is available on International Labour Organization (ILO)'s website and all papers presented at the conference can be found on the UNTFSSE's Knowledge Hub.