Overcoming inequalities through the COVID-19 recovery: proposals from the Social and Solidarity Economy and the Right to the City
Thursday, 8 July 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) and the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) and URGENCI

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

Speakers:
  • André Luzzi - Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security
  • Norliza Hashim, Urbanise Malaysia
  • Nelson Saule, Global Platform for the Right to the City
  • Simel Esim, International Labour Organization (ILO) Cooperatives Unit
  • Sonia Dias, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Vic Van Vuuren, ILO / UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy

    Moderator:
  • Judith Hitchman, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy

  • United Nations