UNIDO conference in Hungary focuses on tackling social exclusion

UNIDO conference in Hungary focuses on tackling social exclusion

BUDAPEST, 02 June 2017 — Representatives from government, the private sector, social enterprises, academia, civil society and international organizations attended a two-day conference co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary to address social innovation and social and solidarity economy (SSE), and draw attention to their potential for reducing social exclusion of disadvantaged groups from the real economy.

In the opening session, Ambassador Károly Dán, Permanent Representative of Hungary to UNIDO, stated, “This project translates global challenges into local solutions.”

The first day of the conference focused on reasons social exclusion has come to the fore as a priority policy issue, and the emergence of SSE organizations and their contribution to fostering social inclusion. Social entrepreneurs from Latin America, the Caucasus region and Europe presented their best practice cases and challenges. Important elements for promoting social entrepreneurs, such as regulatory frameworks and sources of funding, including impact investment, were also discussed.

The second day of the conference addressed business support services available for social enterprises and the necessary policy framework for a thriving social and solidarity economy, including the role of governments and international organizations in support of the sector.

Antal Nikoletti, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary, reiterated the Government of Hungary’s support for UNIDO as a strategic partner and its hope “that this conference can be a starting point of longer-term regional cooperation.”

For more information, contact:

Olga Memedovic

Chief of Business Environment, Clusters and Innovation Division

UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation