The second position paper of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy revisits the role of Social and Solidarity Economy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and calls for a stronger enabling environment and policy framework for SSE. This Position Paper, coordinated by the ILO with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg, is a joint effort of members and observers of the UNTFSSE.
The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) published its first Position Paper in 2014 to emphasize the need to pay more attention to Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the process of drafting the 2030 Agenda. As we approach the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda implementation phase, the UNTFSSE publishes a second Position Paper to reflect the development of SSE over the past years and its contributions and potential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By examining systematically how SSE relates to all 17 SDGs and numerous specific targets, this Position Paper illustrates how SSE is key for realizing the paradigm shift called for in the 2030 Agenda; identifies policy and legal reforms that yield important lessons for governments and parliaments worldwide as to how they can foster an institutional environment conducive to SSE; and calls attention to the need for advocacy and policy innovation at multiple levels of governance – local, regional, national and international.
Considerable attention is paid to the contribution of SSE in dealing with contemporary crises and the challenge of building forward better. The paper proposes a path forward for designing policy and institutional environments that can enable SSE to realize its full potential, focusing in particular on the role that governments and inter-governmental organizations can play in this process.