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High Level Event at the United Nations: intervention by Yvon Poirier
September 30, 2016


On September 20, 2016, in New York,  the International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy (ILGSSE) held a high-level event organized by France and coordinated by the association The Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs as permanent secretariat.

In view of the Habitat III Conference, this event gathered high profile actors, among them, Yvon Poirier, Vice-Coordinator of RIPESS Intercontinental to promote a social solidarity economy at high level.

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The New Urban Agenda: a year-long process
September 29, 2016

by Judith Hitchman

Habitat lll, formerly known as the UN Conference on Sustainable Habitat and Cities, has been a bi-decennial global process, taking place in 1976, 1996 and now in 2016. Like all major UN processes today, it is consultative, and civil society organisations are able to play a major role in setting the agenda. Various thematic consultations were held around the world in the course of this year. The text and its implementation is widely linked to the SDGs, thus further connecting it to the wider UN process, as it id not linked to any specific UN Agency, but rather implies the involvement of many different agencies by its cross-cutting nature. More about the preparatory process can be found here: https://habitat3.org/preparatory-process

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HABITAT III: “Localizing finance for inclusive change”
March 20, 2016

At the recent HABITAT III preparatory thematic meeting in Mexico City (9-11 March 2016) on “Localizing finance for inclusive change”, Judith Hitchman (Urgenci) represented RIPESS in a round table discussion with Yasy Morales of the Rencontres Mont Blanc, Milder Villegas of INAISE and Enrique Ortiz of HIC (Habitat International Coalition). 

The importance of this moment was significant: not only were the key actors of the solidarity economy movement speaking as one, with highly complementary input, but the final declaration reflects the importance and need for the focus to shift to SSE as the lever that can support the necessary paradigm shift for cities to achieve successful governance. You can find the final declaration here, including reference to both Community Land Trusts and Community Supported Agriculture.

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