GSEF2020, as the first Global Social Economy Forum taking place in Latin & Central America, will illustrate creative energies and great social impacts generated by the growing global Social and Solidarity Economy movement, particularly rooted in the long history and great cultural diversity of Mexico and the region. 

Theme: Social and Solidarity Economy for sustainable, inclusive development and Wellbeing 
Organizers: GSEF, Mexico City Government, National Institute of Social Economy in Mexico (INAES)
Participation: Local and central governments, Social and Solidarity Economy actors such as cooperatives, social enterprises, social finance institutions, universities and researchers
Main events: Opening and closing ceremonies, plenary sessions, thematic workshops, pre-forums & networking events, site visits  


  • Exchange experiences of sustainable economic development based on the Social and Solidarity Economy, and concretely collective and community entrepreneurship.
  • Identify public policy projects or initiatives in line with achievement of sustainable development goals through Social and Solidarity Economy developing both in rural and urban areas, with special emphasis on indigenous peoples and communities.
  • Identify the most representative challenges of the Social and Solidarity Economy and discuss on how to find local solutions and innovative, effective ways for its adequate execution.
  • Reinforce the establishment and strengthening of the Social and Solidarity Economy through networking of cooperatives and other Social and Solidarity Economy actors.
  • Underline the relevance of the Social and Solidarity Economy in creation of decent work and the strengthening of sustainable and fair production and consumption chains, and towards the ecological transition. 
  • Ensure the active participation of young people, women, indigenous peoples & First Nations in all aspects of the forum. 

GSEF2020's themes and sub-themes are as follows: 

Economic development & Wellbeing

  1. Social finance, social banks and social investment
  2. Agents for the transition; technology and instruments to mitigate poverty
  3. Integration and localization of Sustainable Development Goals in a systemic way
  4. Culture of wellbeing; public policies, projects and best practices to promote wellbeing through the Social and Solidarity Economy 
  5. Food systems 
  6. Future of work 

Environmental resiliency

  1. Relationship between urban and rural areas
  2. Food security and food sovereignty
  3. Mobility and connectivity, sustainable habitat
  4. Ecological city

SSE for inclusiveness, social cohesion, culture and migration, solidarity and equity

  1. Social issues: How SSE addresses social inclusion, migration and social cohesion 
  2. Migration initiatives
  3. Inclusive and equal culture of the Social and Solidarity Economy  
  4. North-South collaboration; collaboration at local, regional and international level

Democratic governance

  1. Governance of enterprises and organizations of the Social and Solidarity Economy 
  2. Governance of networks & representing structures of the Social and Solidarity Economy 
  3. Dialogue between Social and Solidarity Economy actors and governments, alliances and networks, as means to influence policy making
  4. Commons; common platforms for the development  
  5. Social impact, measurement and management of the social impact  


As part of the GSEF2020, Pre-forums will be held on 5 themes: Indigenous Peoples and Communities, Youth, Women & Gender, Local Governments & Public Policies, and Day for Researchers.

Besides the 4 thematic pillars of the Forum, these transversal themes will bring opportunities to listen to all voices, reflect on relevant current issues, and identify the best solutions responding to the challenges towards an inclusive and sustainable society through collective, collaborative and human-centered approaches. Pre-forums will also provide time and space for those groups to network, share and exchange experiences and ideas to work together.
Pre-forums and networking events will be organized under these themes in the form of workshops, exhibitions, debates, and meetings on 19th & 20th October.