Alleanza delle Cooperative

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XI Congresso Regionale

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Giovanni Monti

Presidente Legacoop Emilia Romagna

lavoro e welfare

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Associazione

giovedì 16 novembre 2017

A Kuala Lumpur, Malesia, la Coferenza globale dell'Alleanza Internazionale delle Cooperative

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Malaysia welcomes Global Conference of enterprises that build a better world

More than 1,800 co-operators are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Conference and General Assembly (14- 17 November). Over the next three days co-operators from across the world will examine how co-operatives are putting people at the centre of development and will elect a new President and full Board.

Delegates have been welcomed at the event by the Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumers of Malaysia, YB Datuk Seri Hamzah Bin Zainudin. Malaysia is home to 12,000 co-operatives with over seven million members and a turnover of RM 34,950.98m (USD $8,126.29m). Their apex body, ANGKASA, which is co-hosting the conference, was founded in 1966 to unify Malaysian co-ops and represent them at national and international level.

"I am very honoured that our country has been selected as the country host for this renowned conference. Having so many leaders from over 90 countries is something we should be very proud of. We can learn from each other”, said Minister YB Datuk Seri Hamzah Bin Zainudin.

Monique F. Leroux, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, shared with the audience: “We can never say enough about how much the movement contributed to a better world. There is a wonderful diversity in this room, with women, men, young and not so young people from different countries. We are united in diversity".

“In fact, the co-operative movement has always been destined to remain a modern movement, always at the forefront of promising social and economic innovations. This explains why the co-operative movement is benefiting not only its members but all people and why the co-operative movement is bringing positive changes in communities and societies across the world.”

More than 1,800 delegates from across the world have travelled to Kuala Lumpur. The global event features keynote speaker Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, whose 1987 report for the World Commission on Environment and Development coined the concept of sustainable development. In Malaysia she will talk about the implications for building a more sustainable future as a united movement.

Another speaker at the conference, Linda Yueh, a leading economist, fellow in economics at Oxford University, will give a global outlook on economic, social, and environmental challenges, with a focus on Asia, our hosting region, and discuss the possible contributions of co-operatives to address them.

2 day debates on how co-operatives put people at the centre of development

The event’s programme promises a diverse schedule structured around four interactive themes: learn, experiment, network and explore. On Wednesday 15 November, there will also be debates, workshops and networking sessions covering subjects such as the co-operative potential for the refugee crisis, what the collaborative economy is and why co-ops should care, also, how co-operatives, in collaboration with other civil society actors, have the possibility to deploy significant resources to lift people out of poverty, to empower local communities and to improve the lives of billions across the globe and will be the opportunity to launch a research study assessing the worldwide contribution or co-operatives to healthcare, among others.

On Thursday, 16 November, the conference will kick off with the launch of the new edition of the World Co-operative Monitor and will be the occasion to present the 2017 Rochdale award.  In this session, delegates will examine the state of the sector, looking at the 2017 findings of the World Co-operative Monitor. The report presents a global picture of the co-operative movement, with a list of the world’s largest co-operatives as well as an analysis of the socio-economic value and impact of co-operatives both within a global scenario and in their regional and national contexts.

Three simultaneous sessions will then look at the existing legal hurdles co-ops still face, the path towards better statistics on co-operatives and building sustainable supply chains, among others.

The conference will resume with additional workshops and debates, that will explore cooperatives as means to facilitate the transition of workers from the informal to the formal economy and how multi-stakeholder co-operatives are innovating in co-operative governance, among others. A closing plenary including the keynote presentation by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland. This will be followed by a debate with the candidates for the Alliance’s presidency, who will offer their perspectives for the future of the co-operative movement.

New President to be elected

On Friday delegates will attend the Alliance’s General Assembly, which will include the election of the Alliance Board and a new president. The two candidates for the presidency are Ariel Guarco from Argentina and Yogeshwar Krishna from Fiji, who shared their views on the future of the Alliance. Read the interviews with the two candidates for the Alliance’s president position (Ariel Guarco and Yogeshwar Krishna). The official meeting documentation is also available in English, French and Spanish and it includes the full agenda.

A biennial event, the Global Conference and General Assembly is one of the co-operative movement’s most important business events. This year’s meeting will show the sector’s contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the official conference programme.