faoMeeting in New York in parallel with the 71st United Nations General Assembly, the States, International Institutions and civil society organizations that are members of the International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy (ILGSSE) adopted a declaration on “SSE as a strategic means of implementing the New Urban Agenda”  which will be approved next October during the United Nations Conference on housing and sustainable urban development (HABITAT III) in Quito, Ecuador.

Surrounded by high level representatives of national and local governments who came to share their experiences, the Leading group presented the key role of social and solidarity economy in the construction of sustainable and inclusive cities and human settlements. Using concrete initiatives as examples, the ILGSSE proved that SSE is an answer to the challenges cities are nowadays facing, particularly in terms of housing, transportation, democratic participation, solidarity and inclusion. Therefore, SSE is the bearer of a new efficiency, not only economic but also social, environmental and civic (watch the video of the event).
The next meeting will take place during the HABITAT III Conference where a new side event will be organized by France and coordinated by the association The Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs on behalf of the international leading group on SSE to present and implement the declaration adopted in New York. Save the date:Monday October 17, 2016, from 9:30 to 10:30 am in room MR13 of the Ecuadorian House of Culture in Quito.

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