A High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) side-event organized by international organisations and policymakers was held on July 5th and discussed the role of the social and solidarity economy in building back better while promoting sustainable development.
Organizers RIPESS Intercontinental, in partnership with the United Nations Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) and the governments of Spain, France, and Malaysia, participated with ten internationally renowned experts and policymakers. Around 70 observers assisted this official side event of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF2022). The event titled “Building back better and promoting sustainable development via Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)” discussed the role of the SSE in achieving SDGs and the 2030 Agenda in building resilience after Covid-19. The moderator was Ms Judith Hitchman, a member of the International Committee of URGENCI and International Network Joint Coordinator for RIPESS Intercontinental.
The panellists reflected on international milestones achieved at the international level. These include the adoption of the Resolution and conclusions concerning decent work and the SSE at the 110th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization and the Recommendation on the SSE and social innovation by the OECD. Also were provided updates on the recent advancements toward a UN General Assembly resolution on the SSE and sustainable development. In addition, advances at regional, national and local levels were discussed, including the launch of the European Union action plan on the social economy; and other initiatives at the national and local levels.
The recording of the session can be accessed on the YouTube channel of RIPESS Intercontinental, and it is available in 3 different languages (English, French and Spanish).
Moreover, a second HLP side event will be held on July 22nd to socialize the social and solidarity economy and its role in achieving the SDGs. The departing point for this second side-event is that getting on track to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and realizing a resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will not happen through a business-as-usual approach. There is need to identify alternative economic models that can accelerate their achievement. Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can play a substantive role in achieving the SDGs. You can access the concept note for this side-event here and watch the event here.