A version of this post appeared originally on the RIPESS website
The Global Social and Solidarity Economy Forum (GSEF) is a key international gathering for all stakeholders of the Social Solidarity Economy, which aims to share practices and visions that will help build a more inclusive and egalitarian world through sustainable economic development.
The 6th edition of GSEF took place in Dakar, Senegal from May 1 to 6 2023, with the theme “Transition from informal economies to collective and sustainable economies for our territories.” It brought together elected officials and leaders from around the world, international experts, representatives of development agencies and actors involved in the SSE to propose concrete actions for tomorrow.
One of the Forum’s co-organizers was RIPESS, a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. CCEDNet is a member of RIPESS North America.
Participants in the Forum worked together to produce two critical documents: the GSEF 2023 Declaration in Dakar and the Call from the Youth. Both documents affirm the strength of the social and solidarity economy as a model to address contemporary crises and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; each document provides a set of calls to action that can help facilitate “ecological, social and economic transformation[s].”
You can read both documents below.