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GSEF 2016: an alliance between local governments and SSE actors

The Global Forum on Social Economy took place at Montreal’s Conference Centre from September 7 to 9. This third edition, jointly organized by the city of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale, was held under the slogan “Local Governments and actors of the Social Economy. Allied for the development of smart and sustainable cities”.

More than 1300 participants, 62 countries represented, 330 cities and 120 initiatives have demonstrated the dynamism and diversity of collective entrepreneurship.The opening was attended by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal and co-organizer of GSEF2016, M. Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and Co-President of the GSEF Association, M. Kyong Song Yong, President of the Seoul’s Solidarity Economy Network and Co-President of the GSEF Association, Jean-Martin Aussant, General Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and co-organizer of GSEF2016, Mr. Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, M. Jean – Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development from Canada´s Government. Read more

Building the SSE local authorities network
Red municipios catalanes ess

Some forty municipalities adhering to the manifesto “Towards a network of municipalities of the social and solidarity economy” discussed the mission, the vision and the strategy of this new supramunicipal grouping claiming to “contribute to the promotion of social and solidarity economy of Catalan municipalities through a permanent dialogue of both actors and practices”. […]

A metropolitan strategy to promote SSE

The foundation goal of the network of municipalities for the Cooperative social and solidarity economy is to continue, improve and intensify a shared metropolitan and territorial strategy to make the SSE one of the main instruments for overcoming social inequalities and to guide towards a democratic, just and sustainable economic model for people and for their lives.

Read the rest of the article (in Catalan): here.

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.

Catalonia: SSE and Municipalities
October 18, 2015
In the process for developing a local public policy that has a priority the solidarity economy, on October 22 and 23 the Secretariat of the cooperative social and solidarity economy of the Barcelona City Council has set up the international meeting on “Municipalism and solidarity economy”. Jean-Louis Laville and Jordi Estivill (RIPESS Europe Advisory Board members) have partecipated as well as Annie Berger (RTES) and members of the catalan network XES.
The meeting was aimed at facilitating the exchange of criteria, methodologies and interventions on this subject among the technical staff and politician from the city of Barcelona and other cities of Catalonia, as well as other members of the sector, starting from the experiences taking place in other countries including Italy, France and Quebec.
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