New Zealand was represented at the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) AGM and General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month by our Chief Executive Craig Presland. In this article, Craig reports how the four-day forum provided greater insight into this global organization, recent global trends and opportunities, and what role we can play here in NZ in terms of supporting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
More than 1,800 co-operators met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the International Co-operative Alliance’s (ICA) Global Conference and General Assembly (14- 17 November) – including Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland.
Co-operatives and mutuals are a truly international success story and you can keep track of how they’re doing online.
UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015 the United Nations signed off on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be met by 2030 in order to ensure a more sustainable planet economically, environmentally and socially. It is widely recognized that the co-operative business model, and scale of the co-op sector globally with 3 million co-ops now employing almost 10% of the world’s employed population, is the most closely aligned and best placed to support the UN in reaching these goals.
The UN’s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and co-ordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core (please click on each goal to see these targets as well as progress that has been made against each since Sept 2015).
Here is the link to the sustainable development knowledge platform: Sustainable Development
The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) provides a comprehensive website featuring a host of useful information, news and events.
Co-operative News is a UK-based online channel dedicated to profiling the news and views of the international co-operative community. It featured Kiwi co-ops in its February article New Zealand’s co-operative sector continues to grow.
There are several websites published by national co-operative associations and others which you may find interesting:
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Nova Scotia Business Association (Canada)
Member-based enterprises: The spotlight on financial services co-operatives
Prof. dr. Hans Groeneveld is (distinguished) Professor of Cooperative Financial Services at a leading Dutch university and also Associate Director Cooperative & Control at Rabobank in the Netherlands.
He delivered the attached address at the 2015 ICA Global Assembly in Turkey, impressing delegates from around the world.