International Leading Groupe of the SSE
Sophie Deschamps | 15 February, 2016
PRESENTATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL
LEADING GROUP ON SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY
Objective of the leading group
- promote the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in the world, making this form of entrepreneurship accessible to all people and to increase the recognition of this economic model in public policies implementation
- submit concrete suggestions promoting SSE to national and international bodies during major international summits or national consultations on SSE (law bills and financing in particular)
- Involve the SSE to a new model of development and the development of solutions for climate change, its necessary inclusion in the Agenda of cities and urbanization policies, financing for sustainable development…
The leading group is a platform made of:
- States from all continents and representing the socio-economic diversity in which the social and solidarity economy has a role to play and a place to take
- Civil society organizations such as the Mont-Blanc Meetings – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, International Association of Mutual benefit societies, International Co-operative Alliance, foundations networks, trade-union confederations
- International institutions: United Nations agencies, interregional development banks...
List of the official stakeholders of the international leading group of the SSE
- The UN Inter-agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (including UNRISD, UN-NGLS, ILO, UNEP, UNCTAD, OECD, ECLAC, ESCWA, FAO, TDR, UNAIDS, UN-DESA, UNECE, UNESCO, UNIDO, UN Women, UN-Habitat, WFP and WHO)
- The association of The Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs
- International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
- International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM)
- International Association of Francophone Mayors (IAFM)
- Global fund for cities development (FMDV)
The leading group is chaired by one of the State members and is coordinated by a permanent secretariat to organize the annual sessions of work and implementation of initiatives decided by the group. Thus, it is currently administered by the Association the Mont Blanc Meetings - International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy entrepreneurs in collaboration with the French Secretariat of State for Development and the Secretariat of State for Social and Solidarity Economy.
The International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy will meet again on the occasion of the high-level meeting during the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations next September 2015 in New-York City.
In 2012, the association The Mont Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs took part to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development by organizing two side-events, first in New York at the UN headquarters on March 26, 2012, secondly in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio +20 Earth Summit on June 19, 2012. Then, the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations decided during the ordinary session held from 21 to 30 January 2013, to grant the special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the association of The Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs.
With this participation and now its special consultative status, the association of the Mont-Blanc Meetings intends to continue its efforts to promote the SSE internationally. That is why in 2013, through its president Thierry Jeantet, the MBM expressed to the French government the wish to impel the creation of a leading group on social and solidarity economy. The international leading group of the SSE received the official support of France at the opening matinée of the 6th edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings on Saturday 9 November 2013 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic recalled this pledge of support in his speech given at the launch of the Congress of the International Association of Francophone Mayors, brought together in Paris on Tuesday 12 November 2013. He has agreed to discuss the topic with other Heads of State.
On 4 February 2014, the Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, in partnership with UNRISD and UN-NGLS, organized a side-event at the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. It was an opportunity to present the leading group to the United Nations, with speakers from the first three States involved in this initiative, namely France, Morocco and Ecuador.
All the stakeholders of the International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy gathered officially for the first time on September 22nd 2014, in parallel of the UN General Assembly, in order to exchange and work on two main topics: the development of the SSE in the world, particularly on public policies towards the SSE (legislation...) and the support for the creation and development of SSE enterprises in the world, particularly through the issue of financing.
From 13-16 July, the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is hosting the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development. The opportunity for the International Leading Group of the Social and Solidarity Economy to focus on the transformative potential of this economic model and on social and solidarity finance. A side event entitled "Social and Solidarity Economy for a Better Financing for Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda" sponsored by France, Colombia and Ecuador, was therefore organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the Leading Group ensured by the Mont Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs.
The three ministers from France, Ecuador and Spain as well as the Ambassador of Colombia, the Mayor of Victoria in Seychelles and the director of cabinet of the Minister of microfinance and solidarity economy ofSenegal in particular, underlined the importance of social and solidarity economy (SSE) in financing sustainable development to create a fairer world: the SSE enterprises have a real transformative role in implementing change in an economy rooted in territories. They are a lever for new developments which should therefore be supported by adequate financing. The financial arrangeents of the social and solidarity finance, financial arrangements, because of their operating principles, constitute a critical way to leverage domestic resources. Social and solidarity economy enterprises (mutual societies, cooperatives, associations, foundations and other types of social enterprises) should therefore be recognized as critical innovative means of financing for development and for the achievement of SDGs. To develop their full potential, they need to be better understood and supported by policy makers.