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June 20, 2017

Challenges and international framework

  • SDGs: the 2030 international agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the international community in 2015, are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all.

These 17 Goals build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and are closely interrelated with one another. They follow a systemic logic, the success of one being often linked to the achievement of the other.

The SDGs intend to allow “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and propose clear goals for all, in line with global priorities and ecological challenges.

Designed to leave “no one behind”, they aim to bring together all the stakeholders to address the crucial challenges the world is facing, such as poverty, climate change and conflict, by tackling their causes.

All stakeholders, that is to say “the private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations” (paragraph 41 of 2030 program), are called upon to play a key role in achieving “sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner […]” (paragraph 2).

  • SSE: at the heart of the SDGs

The social and solidarity economy (SSE), because of its dynamics of sharing and social utility, its democratic governance and its respect for the people and their environment, is by nature at the heart of the SDGs.

Through its values, principles and methods of intervention, the SSE makes it possible to do business in a different way, in line with an overall objective of sustainable development and by developing coalitions of actors. It has a key role to play in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, in particular through its capacity to mobilize citizens and the financing of environmentally and socially responsible projects in the territories.

The SSE composed of cooperatives, mutuals, associations, social enterprises and foundations, is on all continents. These enterprises and organizations involve more than one billion citizens worldwide.

  • The SDGs: framework of action of SSE International Forum

While the economic and financial model of the SSE has demonstrated its efficiency and resilience in resisting the financial crisis since 2008, the contribution of this sector remains insufficiently recognized. Its promotion and support by governments, local communities and development actors of the United Nations system are therefore a challenge at the internationally and national levels for scaling up.

This is why SSE International Forum is working towards a better recognition of the SSE on the international stage and focuses its advocacy activities on the SDGs: