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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? International Conference

Date: 25 - 26 Jun 2019

  • Time: 9.00-17.00
  • Location: Room II at R3 South, ILO, Geneva
  • Donor(s): Government of the Republic of Korea, represented by Statistics Korea; Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg, ILO
  • Counterpart(s): United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)
  • Project Title: SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs

  • This event is open to the public.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? International Conference
Welcome to the International Conference, Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

This event is part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?" which was launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018 and organized by UNRISD. With the Call for Papers, the UNTFSSE aimed to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories which, by critically examining the role of SSE, can contribute to the Task Force's efforts to scale up and promote SSE as means of implementation of the SDGs.

☞ Click here or scroll down to see the full Conference Programme (Provisional).

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"Pre-Conference" Special Event (24 June 2019, Geneva)

A public roundtable discussion Leaving No One Behind: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? which UNRISD is co-hosting with the University of Geneva the day before the Conference may also be of interest to you. How can the social and solidarity economy effectively contribute to the integration of those left behind by declining social assistance and create solidarity for these vulnerable groups? Click here for more details.


Conference Programme (Provisional)

This two-day conference will:
  • provide a space for researchers, practitioners and policy decision makers to share and exchange evidence and ideas about the connections between SSE and people, planet, prosperity, participation and partnerships in different local contexts
  • demonstrate, through evidence-based analysis, concrete ways in which SSE contributes to sustainable development, and to the implementation and achievement of the SDGs
  • contribute to enhancing the visibility of SSE as a means of implementation of the SDGs within and beyond the UN system

Invited speakers include approximately 45 paper presenters (identified through the Call for Papers that generated proposals from more than 320 researchers from 60 countries); personnel from UN agencies, particularly the members of the UNTFSSE; and representatives of civil society organizations, particularly the members of the UNTFSSE and those SSE organizations and enterprises based in Geneva.

A note on the conference languages
  • The primary working language of the conference will be English (ENG).
  • Simultaneous interpretation [English (ENG), French (FR), Spanish (SP)] will be available for the plenary sessions, and for selected parallel sessions.
  • For interventions or sessions in Korean (KOR), interpretation into English (ENG) will be provided.

Day 1 (25 June 2019)

9:00—Opening Session (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderator: Paul Ladd, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • Vic Van Vuuren, Director, Enterprise Department, ILO; Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)
  • Laurence Kwark, Secretary General, Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF)
  • Other Speakers (TBC)

10:00—Keynote Speech (ENG, FR, SPA)

Parallel Sessions (I)


10:45—Session I-A. Social and Solidarity Economy for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (I) (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderator: Eva Cantele, SSE Forum International
  • Motivaciones de las mujeres gallegas para el emprendimiento cooperativo [Motivations of Galician Women for Cooperative Entrepreneurship]Ana Olveira Blanco and María Bastida Domínguez (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Empoderamento e participação feminina na Economia Social e Solidária: em busca da equidade [Women’s Empowerment and Participation in the Social and Solidarity Economy: In Pursuit of Equity]Vanêssa Pereira Simon (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
  • Caficultura sostenible, comercio justo y construcción de paz: el caso de COSURCA, Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca, Colombia [Sustainable Coffee Growing, Fair Trade and Peace Building: The Case of COSURCA, Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca, Colombia]Marco Coscione (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
  • Mujeres y cooperativas promovidas por programas sociales en Argentina. Desafíos y respuestas para la reducción de las desigualdades [Social Programmes for Women and Cooperatives in Argentina: Responses and Challenges for Reducing Inequalities]Malena Victoria Hopp (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)

10:45—Session I-B. Tracing the Evolution of Social and Solidarity Economy in Different Local Contexts (I) (ENG)
Moderator: Victor Meseguer, Social Economy Europe
  • Association for Sarva Seva Farms (ASSEFA) – India: 50 Years of Sustainable DevelopmentYvon Poirier (Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, RIPESS) and Kumar Loganathan (Sarvodaya Action Research Centre, India)
  • Why We Need Cooperatives to Make the Business World More People-Centred: The Emilia-Romagna ExperienceVera Negri Zamagni (University of Bologna, Italy and SAIS Europe of the Johns Hopkins University, United States)
  • Establishing a Sustainable Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystem: The Case of Daegu, Republic of KoreaEun Sun Lee (Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Le domaine de la santé comme extension des activités des coopératives : Un projet pilote au Kenya et au Cameroun [Extending Cooperative Activities to the Health Sector: A Pilot Project in Kenya and Cameroon]Jean-Pierre Girard (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

10:45—Session I-C. Institutions and Policies for Scaling and Integrating Social and Solidarity Economy (ENG)
Moderator: Laurence Kwark, Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF)
  • Italian Community Cooperatives Responding to Economic Crisis and State Withdrawal: A New Model for Socio-Economic DevelopmentMichele Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy) and Marcelo Vieta (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Cooperatives as a Means of Fostering Integrated and Sustainable Development: A Case Study of NepalKanak Kanti Bagchi (University of North Bengal, India) and Ganesh Prasad Gautam (Nepal Rastra Bank, Nepal)
  • Scaling Up Regional SSE Practice to the National Level? Opportunities and Challenges from Ýzmir, TurkeyAylin Cigdem Köne and Günes Kurtulus (Mugla Sitki Koçman University, Turkey)
  • Institutional Voids: Impediment to the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in South African MunicipalitiesSokeibelemaye Nwauche (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa) and Frederik Claeyé (Lille Catholic University, France / Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)

Lunchtime Special Events


12:00—Lunchtime Special Event I-A. Social Entrepreneurship Support for Food Security (ENG)
Organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Margreet van der Pijl – Team Lead Social Innovation – Division of Peace, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
  • Roel During – Researcher Social Innovation Alterra
  • Annabelle Daburon - Livestock Value Chain Advisor, at Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), SESInc (TBC)
  • Nikolet Zwart – Lawyer, BioLegal (TBC)

12:00—Lunchtime Special Event I-B. European Social Economy Regions Initiative (ESER) (ENG)
Organized by European Commission
  • Patrick Klein, Social Economy Team Leader, DG GROW – Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy Unit

12:00—Lunchtime Special Event I-C. Building the SSE Movement: Past, Present and Future (ENG)
Organized by Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)
  • Laura Cicciarelli, RIPESS
  • Judith Hitchman, Urgenci International Network of Community Supported Agriculture Global (France)
  • Yvon Poirier, RIPESS
  • Denison Jayasooria, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Parallel Sessions (II)


14:00—Session II-A. Tracing the Evolution of Social and Solidarity Economy in Different Local Contexts (II) (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderator: Roberto Di Meglio, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos nos Restaurantes Universitários de uma universidade pública do Brasil: interfaces com a Agenda 2030 [The Food Acquisition Programme in the University Restaurants of a Brazilian Public University: Interfaces with the 2030 Agenda]Ludymila Schulz Barroso, Eliziane Nicolodi Francescato Ruiz (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), and Rozane Marcia Triches (Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Brazil)
  • La comercialización solidaria de alimentos: Un camino hacia la sostenibilidad en la producción y el consumo [Solidarity Marketing of Food: A Path Towards Sustainability in Production and Consumption]Montserrat Miño (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Sistemas locales de economía social y solidaria (SLESS): Innovación, sostenibilidad, equidad e inclusión [Local Systems of Social and Solidarity Economy: Innovation, Sustainability, Equity and Inclusion]Unai Villalba-Eguiluz (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain), Andoni Egia (Agencia de Desarrollo Local de Beterri Buruntza Udalak, Spain), and Juan Carlos Pérez de Mendiguren (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)
  • Un acercamiento al aporte de las prácticas de Economía Social Solidaria al logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en Costa Rica [Social and Solidarity Economy Practices and Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Costa Rica]Yasy Morales Chacón (Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)

14:00—Session II-B. Theories, Concepts and Impact Measurement (I) (ENG)
Moderator: Ilcheong Yi, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) (TBC)
  • More Than Monitoring: Developing Impact Measures for Transformative Social EnterpriseStephen Healy (Western Sydney University, Australia), Kelly Dombroski (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), David Conradson (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Gradon Diprose (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, New Zealand), Joanne McNeill (Western Sydney University, Australia), Alison Watkins (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Platform Cooperatives: The Social and Solidarity Economy and the Future of Work – Raymond Saner, Lichia Yiu and Melanie Nguyen (Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development, CSEND)
  • The Role of Cooperatives in Facilitating the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: An Experience from Nova ScotiaYichen Shen, Peter Tyedmers, Michelle Adams, and Louis Beaubien (Dalhousie University, Canada)

14:00—Session II-C. Social and Solidarity Economy as an Eco-Social Approach for the Sustainable Development Goals (ENG)
Moderator: Laura Cicciarelli, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)
  • Closing the Loop: Can Social and Solidarity Organizations Accelerate the Circular Economy?Valerie Julie Boiten (Independent Researcher, Belgium)
  • Waste Pickers’ Solidarity Economy Addressing Sustainable Development GoalsJutta Gutberlet (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Eco-Social Innovations in Europe: How Social and Solidarity Economy Actors Can Promote the Sustainable Development GoalsIngo Stamm (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland)
  • Community Forestry Projects in Malaysia: People’s Participation in Implementing the SDGs Denison Jayasooria (National University of Malaysia, Malaysia)

Special Session


15:30—SSE Impacts for the SDGs: Examples from India, Brazil and Spain (ENG, FR, SPA)
Organized by International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC), International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), and SSE Forum International
Moderator: Alain Arnaud, President, CIRIEC
  • Reema Nanavaty, General Secretary, SEWA - The Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India
  • Leandro Morais, Professor and Researcher, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil - The Maranhão State Reference Center for Solidarity Economy (CRESOL): State Government and SSE Entrepreneurs Joining Forces in Brazil
  • Adoración Mozas, Professor, University of Jaén; President of CIRIEC-España - How Agricultural Cooperatives Schieve the SDGs
  • Discussants: Ariel Guarco, President, ICA; Alain Coheur, Co-President, SSE Forum International

Reception


17:30-20:30, La Pastorale "La Maison de Maître", 106 Route de Ferney, 1202 Geneva
Generously hosted by the International Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) and Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH)
Live music by the UN Jazz Band


Day 2 (26 June 2019)

Parallel Sessions (III)


9:00—Session III-A. Tracing the Evolution of Social and Solidarity Economy in Different Local Contexts (III) (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderator: Jean Fabre, SSE Forum International
  • Des solutions sociales et innovantes pour une gestion durable des déchets au Maroc [Innovative Social Solutions for Sustainable Waste Management in Morocco]Fatima Arib (Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech, Morocco)
  • L’apport des monnaies sociales complémentaires au développement local durable [What Complementary Currencies Bring to Local Sustainable Development] Pascale Delille (Université Clermont Auvergne et Université Rennes 2, France)
  • Aportes de las Organizaciones de la Economía Social y Solidaria (OESS) a los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS): Un estudio de 6 Organizaciones rurales en Colombia [Social and Solidarity Economy Organizations and the SDGs: A Study of Six Rural Organizations in Colombia] Ana Silva (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Colombia) and Marietta Bucheli (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Colombia)
  • El papel de las entidades de la economía social en la inclusión laboral de las personas con discapacidad [Fostering Labour Market Inclusion of Persons with Diasabilities: The Role of Social Economy Entities] María José Calderón-Milán and Beatriz Calderón-Milán (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

9:00—Session III-B. Theories, Concepts and Impact Measurement (II) (ENG)
Moderator: Fulvia Farinelli, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Building Meaningful Participation into Economic Decision MakingJodie Thorpe, John Gaventa and Evert-jan Quak (Institute of Development Studies, UK)
  • From the Economic to the Social Value Contribution of the Social Economy: A Methodological Approach for Assessing the Social Value Created, with an Application to SpainRosa Belen Castro (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain), María Isabel Martínez (Abay Analistas Económicos y Sociales, Spain), Rosa Santero (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain), Nuria Guilló (Abay Analistas Económicos y Sociales, Spain)
  • Towards Integrated Evaluation of the Social and Solidarity Economy: An Example from Argentina – Ruth Muñoz (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina) and Omar Cura (Universidad Nacional de Luján and Auditoría General de la Nación, Argentina)

9:00—Session III-C. Social and Solidarity Economy for Food and Agriculture (ENG)
Moderator: Ahmad Mukhtar, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
  • Social Economy and the Foodshed in Greece: Local Pathways and Constraints through the Lens of SDGs – Maria Partalidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Theodosia Anthopoulou (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece)
  • How Community-Supported Agriculture Contributes to the Realization of the SDGs Judith Hitchman (Urgenci International Network of Community Supported Agriculture Global, France)
  • Building Sustainable Local Food Solutions: How Canadian Indigenous Communities Are Using the Social and Solidarity Economy to Implement Zero HungerJennifer Sumner, M. Derya Tarhan (University of Toronto, Canada) and J. J. McMurtry (York University, Canada)

Special Session


10:30—Maximizing Social Impact of SSE for Inclusive Cities through Innovative Partnerships of Local Governments (ENG, FR, SPA, KOR)
Organized by Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Moderator: Antonella Noya, OECD (TBC); Opening and closing remarks: Laurence Kwark, Secretary General, GSEF
  • Ester Vidal (City of Barcelona) – Fostering socio-entrepreneurial, socio-political and socio-community inter-cooperation through SSE for comprehensive local development
  • Lynn Collins (City of Liverpool) – Public service reform, enhanced social justice and inclusive growth by developing social economy in partnership with social organizations and Liverpool city government (TBC)
  • Joonhyung Lee (City of Seoul) – Seoul Social Economy 2.0 Promotion Plan (2019–2022) to create a city where social economy can be experienced in citizen’s everyday life
  • Edison Mesereka (City of Kampala) – Social and solidarity economy for sustainable and inclusive urbanization of African cities: Case of Kampala (TBC)
  • Byung Hoon Lee (Hyundai Motors) – Achieving SDGs in the city by raising youth social entrepreneurship through public-private-civil partnership (TBC)

Lunchtime Special Events


12:00—Lunchtime Special Event II-A (ENG). The Role of Local Governments in Promoting SSE – Networking Session for Government Representatives and Policy Makers
Organized by Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF)

12:00—Lunchtime Special Event II-B (ENG). SSE and South-South and Triangular Cooperation
Organized by International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Jürgen Schwettmann, International Consultant
  • Leandro Morais, Professor, Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil)
  • ILO PARDEV
  • ILO ENTERPRISES

Parallel Sessions (IV)


14:00—Session IV-A Theories, Concepts and Impact Measurement (III) (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderator: Antonella Noya, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (TBC)
  • El Balance Social de la XES: 10 años midiendo el impacto de la ESS en Cataluña [The XES Social Balance: 10 Years of Measuring SSE Impact in Catalonia]Raquel Alquézar Crusellas (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain and Xarxa d’Economia Solidaria, Spain) and Ruben Suriñach Padilla (Xarxa d’Economia Solidaria, Spain)
  • A inextricável relação entre a Economia Social e Solidária (ESS) e a Agenda 2030: o caso dos Assentamentos e a redução da pobreza e da fome em Araraquara, SP, Brasil [Social and Solidarity Economy and the 2030 Agenda: Alleviating Hunger and Poverty in Human Settlements in Araraquara, Brazil]Leandro Morais (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil)
  • Una primera aproximación a la articulación de reportes en las cooperativas en el marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible [Monitoring and Reporting on Cooperatives in the Context of the SDGs]Juan Fernando Álvarez (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) and Miguel Ángel Alarcón (Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, España)
  • Les Objectifs de Développement Durable, un référentiel d’action et d’évaluation pour les initiatives d’économie sociale et solidaire? [The Sustainable Development Goals, a Reference for Action and Evaluation for Social and Solidarity Economy Initiatives?]Geneviève Fontaine (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France and Institut Godin, France)

14:00—Session IV-B. Social and Solidarity Economy for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (II) (ENG)
Moderator: Valentina Verze, International Labour Organization (ILO) (TBC)
  • Decent Work and Gender Equality: The 'Capuchinhas' Cooperative of Serra do MontemuroTeresa Cunha (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Gender, SSE and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Building Sustainable Peace in Nepal and IndiaSmita Ramnarain (University of Rhode Island, United States) and Suzanne Bergeron (University of Michigan Dearborn, USA)
  • Social and Solidarity Economy as a Driving Force in Localizing the SDGs and Scaling Up Impact: The Case of Women’s Self Help Groups in IndiaAnup Kumar Dash (formerly, Utkal University, India)

14:00—Session IV-C. Tracing the Evolution of Social and Solidarity Economy in Different Local Contexts (IV) (ENG)
Moderator: UNTFSSE (TBC)
  • Reconstructing Darfur: Peace, SSE Principles and the SDGsElhafiz Adam (Warefur International Organisation, Sudan/Australia) and Helena Grunfeld (Victoria University, Australia)
  • Work Integration Social Joint Ventures: Between Incremental and Transformative Change – Antoine Rieu (Université Paris Diderot and ESSEC Business School, France) and Claudine Leclerc (SocialCOBizz).
  • Mapping Solidarity in the United States EconomyMaliha Safri (Drew University, United States)

Closing Session


15:30—Reporting key messages and insights drawn from parallel sessions (ENG, FR, SPA)
Moderated by Ilcheong Yi, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • Tracing the Evolution of Social and Solidarity Economy in Different Local Contexts
  • Institutions and Policies for Scaling and Integrating Social and Solidarity Economy
  • Theories, Concepts and Impact Measurement
  • Social and Solidarity Economy for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality
  • Social and Solidarity Economy for Food and Agriculture
  • Social and Solidarity Economy as an Eco-Social Approach for the Sustainable Development Goals

16:15—Plenary discussion (ENG, FR, SPA)
Introduced by Yvon Poirier, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)

The Government of the Republic of Korea (represented by Statistics Korea) and the ILO have provided support for this Conference. The Call for Papers was carried out with the support of seed funding from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg, in addition to UNRISD institutional funds.

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