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September 10th, 2015. On the occasion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to be held on 25-27 September in New York, Madani Koumare, President of the National Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy (RENAPESS) of Mali will be an official speaker in the plenary roundtable “Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promotion of sustainable consumption and production”.
For this important meeting in which the UN Member States will be adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape the international development agenda for 2015-2030, the General Assembly of the United Nations requested a wide consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs). This was with a view to recommending a list of candidates for speaking roles in the high-level plenary meeting to the office of the President of the General Assembly. RIPESS was part of the selection committee that recommended a list of around 100 people to fill the 21 speaker positions. Madani Koumaré was selected by the President’s office as one of three speakers on this theme.
RENAPESS is a member organization of the African Network of Social Economy (RAESS), and as such is part of the RIPESS network. It is a broad national network of over 60 organizations in Mali that woks to build a development strategy aimed at providing all sectors of the Malian society with effective development tools for ensuring a better life for the country’s different peoples and ensuring the future of generationsto come.
In recent years, RENAPESS has worked closely with the Government of Mali on building a National Policy for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy (PNPESS – available online in French). The national policy was adopted in October 2014. It aims to foster the creation of economic activity by and for the people and enable them to escape poverty and improve their standards of living, while protecting the planet.
In his application form, the President of RENAPESS affirmed that his speech will focus on “alternative economic models based on inclusion, ethics in international cooperation and on low-carbon, labor-intensive technologies centered on renewable resources and domestic consumption”.
Madani Koumaré is also a member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). In 2014, the network conducted a worldwide consultation with its members on the Sustainable Development Goals. The network’s recommendations were signed by 500 organizations from all continents and officially submitted to the UN in July 2014.
Source: Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)
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