The International Co-operative Alliance has urged the heads of government, in Paris for the COP21, to agree to effective, ambitious measures against climate change and consider the co-operative sector as a partner in their implementation.
This was the bold resolution passed unanimously by the ICA’s General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey and addressed to the world leaders involved in the COP21 in Paris.
ICA Chief Executive Charles Gould says co-operatives are sustainable enterprises and their important role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals has been recognized in several global policy initiatives.
“These include the Rio+20 outcome document, the Financing for Development Outcome Document and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he says.
The International Co-operative Alliance has urged its members, including Cooperative Business NZ, to step up their initiatives to fight climate change
“Co-operatives are active in many sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, retail, insurance, housing, banking and energy, among others, and can therefore be a vehicle to implement the Sustainable Development Goals across different fields, the fight against climate change included,” says Mr Gould.