The unequal global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for a paradigm shift in the current mainstream economic development models to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and advance towards more just, equitable and sustainable communities. The proposed side-event seeks to highlight the potential and need for greater official recognition of the Social and Solidarity Economy as an alternative to the current neoliberal economic model, and its role in advancing towards cities and human settlements with sustainable urban rural linkages, ensuring the Right to the City for all.
The side-event will assemble a diversity of actors (governments, civil society organizations, international organizations, academia) to discuss the possibilities presented by the Social and Solidarity Economy in contributing to reducing inequalities under the reconstruction efforts through and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will focus on concrete examples from multiple domains (housing, food production and consumption, basic services and others) from a Right to the City perspective and under the framework of advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in particular concerning SDGs 10, 1, 2, 8, 3, 12 and 13 (among the ones to be discussed during the 2021 HLPF).
Interpretation will be provided in English and Spanish