A delegation, made up of the four partner communities (City of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Métropole, Department of Gironde and Nouvelle Aquitaine Region), was received in Seoul in order to organize the transfer of the permanent secretariat of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) to Bordeaux .
The delegation participated from December 1 to 4 in Seoul (South Korea) in the 33rd Congress of the International Cooperative Alliance (ACI) as well as in a seminar co-organized between the GSEF, ACI and the Korean authorities, dedicate the contribution of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
On this occasion, Stéphane Pfeiffer, deputy mayor of Bordeaux, carried the voice of GSEF (global platform at the service of the promotion of SSE the social and solidarity economy), of which the City of Bordeaux will assume from January the presidency, for a mandate of 2 years, and the New Aquitaine Region its co-presidency Europe. With the new international coalition of the SSE federating the large networks of local governments, cooperatives, mutuals and SSE (ESS FI, ACI, AIM, ICMIF, GSEF), he defended the draft resolution of the ESS at the UN and insisted on the role of the ESS to allow everyone access to economic citizenship.
The City of Bordeaux and its partners will be active in the coming months to continue to bring about the change in our economic models during the next international events: SSE summit of the French presidency of the European Union, international labor conference dedicated to SSE , UN General Assembly …
The World Social Economy Forum (GSEF) is an international association of local governments and civil society networks committed to promoting the social and solidarity economy (SSE) as a means of achieving inclusive and sustainable local development. GSEF promotes various forms of SSE and includes social enterprises, cooperatives, foundations, mutuals and self-help groups that put the individual before profits. GSEF considers that systemic changes begin at the local level, based on a partnership between civil society and the public and private sectors. This is the reason why GSEF is co-chaired by a local government (represented by the mayor of the president city) and by a representative of civil society networks. The GSEF brings together 75 members from 36 countries on five continents, including 26 local governments and 35 SSE networks.