Launch of SSE Awareness Raising Package by ILO, ITCILO and UNTFSSE

News | 24 July 2023
Following the historic adoption of the resolution “Promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable Development” (A/RES/77/281) by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 April 2023, the UNTFSSE has launched an open, online, awareness-raising package. The tools will allow UN Member States and intergovernmental bodies, United Nations entities, regional governments and organizations, policymakers, academia and think tanks, development banks, civil society (NGOs, foundations, voluntary groups, etc.), the private sector and media to get acquainted with basic concepts and practices of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and its central role in advancing inclusive and sustainable development.

The modules were created by ITCILO and ILO with funding from the ILO Luxembourg government project. UNTFSSE members and observers provided rounds of feedback on the draft modules, which were then integrated. Module 1 covers key features and organizational forms around the world while Module 2 links SSE to each SDG goal. The tools are available in Spanish and French.

I think they are very well done in terms of simplicity of style. It is easily digested, youth-oriented and really captures your attention. Government officials, policy makers, University heads and others will be able to spend a few minutes with [the modules] and walk away with a deeper understanding of what SSE is and how it can overlap with their work.” (Charles Bodwell, ILO Social and Solidarity Economy Specialist) "

Charles Bodwell, ILO Social and Solidarity Economy Specialist
Now that the modules are complete, the next step is dissemination and feedback from those who they were intended for. This will help determine the scope for future knowledge-building activities. The tools are currently linked on the front page of the UNTFSSE website and are being shared on social media. The Communications working group of the UNTFSSE is strategizing wider dissemination through member/observer networks.