The working group of the United Nations for Social Economy – framed within the UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) – published a paper on the Social Economy (SE) and its implications on sustainable development. The document expresses concern regarding the insufficient attention paid to the role of the SE in the process of developing a post-2015 agenda and issuing Sustainable Development Goals (ODS).

The working group remarks that SE represents a good strategy to achieve the economic, social and environmental goals as well as the approaches inherent in the concept of sustainable development. The paper illustrates this potential by studying the role of the SE in selected areas, which are, in the opinion of the authors, essential for the challenge of sustainable development that all regions are facing in the beginning of this century. These areas include:

  • Transition from the informal economy to formal job
  • Greening the economy and the society
  • Local economic development
  • Sustainable cities and human settlements
  • Welfare and women empowerment
  • Food security and rural empowerment
  • Universal health
  • Fair finance

Check the document from the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy website