Groupe pilote international
Groupe pilote international de l'ESS
International leading group of the SSE
20 May 2014
Creation of the international leading group of the social and solidarity economy
In 2012, the association The Mont Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs took part to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development by organizing two side-events, first in New York at the UN headquarters on March 26, 2012, secondly in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio +20 Earth Summit on June 19, 2012.
Then, the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations decided during the ordinary session held from 21 to 30 January 2013, to recommend a special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs.
With this participation and now its special consultative status, the association of the Mont Blanc Meetings intends to continue its efforts to promote the SSE internationally. That is why through its president Thierry Jeantet, the MBM expressed to Mr. Benoit Hamon, French Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance in charge of social and solidarity economy the wish to impel the creation of a social and solidarity economy leading group.
The international leading group of the SSE received the official support of France, as announced by Minister Benoît Hamon at the opening matinée of the 6th edition of the Mont-Blanc Meetings on Saturday 9 November 2013 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The President of the French Republic recalled this pledge of support in his speech given at the launch of the Congress of the International Association of Francophone Mayors, brought together in Paris on Tuesday 12 November 2013. He has agreed to discuss the topic with other Heads of State.
On 4 February 2014, the Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, in partnership with UNRISD and UN-NGLS, organized a side-event at the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. It was an opportunity to present the leading group to the United Nations, with speakers from the first three States involved in this initiative, namely France, Morocco and Ecuador.
Objective of the leading group
It aims to promote the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in the world, making this form of entrepreneurship accessible to all people and to increase the recognition of this economic model in public policies implementation. In practice, the SSE international leading group will submit concrete suggestions promoting SSE to national and international bodies during major international summits or national consultations on SSE (law bills in particular).
The leading group is a platform made of:
- States from all continents and representing the socio-economic diversity in which the social and solidarity economy has a role to play and a place to take: France, Brazil...
- Civil society organizations: as the Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, Association Internationale de la Mutualité, International Co-operative Alliance, Regional Unions of Mutuals, regional group of co-operatives, foundations networks...
- International institutions: United Nations for Development Program (UNDP), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), interregional development banks...
- "Mixed" organizations partially funded by the United Nations Organization: United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)...
The leading group is chaired by one of the State members and is administered by the Mont-Blanc Meetings Association - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs. A meeting of the leading group stakeholders takes place at least once a year to steer the activities of the forthcoming year.
The leading group is a platform comprising States as well as Cities and territories, International Institutions, the International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs, partner cooperatives, mutuals and associations, as well as foundations.
List of the stakeholders of the SSE international leading group (last updated: 05 August 2014)
- France - official agreement
- Morocco - official agreement
- Luxembourg - official agreement
- Ecuador - official agreement
- Quebec - official agreement, as observer member
- Colombia - official agreement
- The Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs fficial agreement
- The UN Inter-agency Task Force on SSE (including UNRISD, UN-NGLS, ILO, UNEP, UNCTAD, OECD, ECLAC, ESCWA, FAO, TDR, UNAIDS, UN-DESA, UNECE, UNESCO, UNIDO, UN Women, UN-Habitat, WFP and WHO) - official agreement
- The International Association of Francophone Mayors (IAFM) - official agreement
- The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) - official agreement
- The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) - official agreement
Other invited non-States stakeholders (not official members yet):
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
- International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM)
- Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)
The group's first meeting will be held in New York on 22 Sep 14 - see International Pilot Group 22 Sep 14