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GSEF organises biennial international forums with its member cities across the continents. It is one of the most prestigious international gatherings on social economy, bringing together all stakeholders from international organisations, local/central governments and civil society networks. GSEF Forums serve as a platform for mutual learning, agenda setting, and knowledge exchange. 

  • GSEF 2013 ‘New Discovery of Collaboration’ (5-7 November 2013, Seoul, Korea)
  • GSEF 2014 [inaugural meeting]: ‘Solidarity for Change’ (17-19 November 2014, Seoul, Korea)
  • GSEF 2016 ‘Local Governments and Social Economy Stakeholders – Allies for the intelligent and sustainable development of cities’ (7-9 September 2016, Montreal, Canada)
  • GSEF 2018 ‘Social Economy and Cities – Values and competitiveness for an inclusive and sustainable local development’ (1-3 October 2018, Bilbao, Spain)
  • GSEF 2021 Mexico City, Mexico: 'Social and Solidarity Economy for sustainable, inclusive development and Wellbeing'  - postponed from GSEF2020 (21-23 October 2020)