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.
 
 
  • Special session at the International Conference of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) 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. Ms Laurence Kwark 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). More information about the International Conference of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy