For more than a decade, CCEDNet has been an active supporter in the development of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).
In recent years, there has been significant progress for the recognition of the social solidarity economy as a promising alternative.
Currently, the United Nations is in the process of formulating a development agenda that will follow up to the Millenium Development Goals, which run until 2015. This ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda’ has tentatively been titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ recognizing the need to more clearly integrate environmental concerns. Once finalized, these goals will have far-reaching impacts on the work of UN Agencies around the world for many years to come.
In this context, RIPESS has been providing input to the consultation processes in the hopes of embedding social and solidarity economy practices and principles in the new goals. A position paper has been drafted and they are now looking for endorsements until June 29. Recommendations that are submitted will be distributed by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service to all country delegations at the UN, including Canada. So it is a valuable opportunity for global profile and international solidarity.
The recommendations are organized in 4 axes:
1 – Indicators to measure poverty, inequality, development and material and immaterial well being;
2 – Transitioning to a Fair, Social and Solidarity Economy;
3 – Adopting a human rights-based approach to development;
4 – Participation and transparency in international instances/processes.
CCEDNet will be endorsing these recommendations and we encourage you to consider endorsing it as well. The more signatories these recommendations have, the greater their weight.
For more background, see the recording of a webinar we did in March, as well as numerous other resources linked from this page: /en/event/2014/03/28/embedding-ced-and-social-solidarity-economy-united-nations