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Dacanay shares the Statement of the Social and Community Enterprise Constituency during the APFSD 2021

During the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2021 organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) last March 23, 2021, ISEA President and Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM) Focal Point, Dr Lisa Dacanay shared the statement of the Social and Community Enterprise Constituency of the AP-RCEM.

Dacanay shared, “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we united as a sector to co-convene with UN ESCAP in September 2020 the Social Enterprise Advocacy and Leveraging Asia Conference where we launched 5 multi-stakeholder platforms for inclusive recovery and building back fairer.  Our most advanced platform is the Women’s Empowerment, Livelihood and Food in Agricultural Value Chains or WE LIVE FOOD. WE LIVE FOOD promotes a set of Benchmarks for Transformational Partnerships and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Value Chains that have been translated into scorecards to assist not only social enterprises but also SMEs, agribusinesses and AVC program holders to contribute more to the achievement of 13 out of the 17 SDGs.”

As a way forward, she informed the forum participants about the set of proposed policies, programs and incentives that governments could consider to enable the practice of these Benchmarks, which are embodied in a set of Guidelines for Transformational Partnerships and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Value Chains and then submitted these to APFSD for consideration.

Read the FULL STATEMENT in this link: Statement of the Social and Community Enterprise Constituency during the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2021