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Sustainable Development Goals: Position Paper

Sustainable Development is at the very core of co-operative enterprises. This is a model of business based on ethical values and principles whose goal is to provide for the needs and aspirations of their members.


International Handbook of Co-operative Law looks at co-operative legislation across the world

A new International Handbook of Co-operative Law aims to provide guidelines as to how the seven co-operative principles can be translated into legislation.

International Co-operative Day 2014 theme announced

This year, International Co-operative Day, to be celebrated on 5 July, will have the theme of “Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.” Concern for the community is one of the co-operative movement’s founding values and, as such, the need to sustainably safeguard favourable living conditions for communities underpins all co-operatives’ operations and vision.

Interview: Mr Balasubramanian (Balu) G. Iyer, new Regional Director for the Alliance’s Asia Pacific region

The International Co-operative Alliance has appointed Balu G. Iyer as the new Regional Director for its Asia Pacific office. Mr Iyer has extensive experience in international development and will continue the Alliance’s work in the Asia-Pacific region, promoting and supporting co-operatives to achieve the 2020 vision set forward in the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.

CECOP launches manifesto for EU elections

Co-operatives active in industry and services across Europe published a manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament elections. In this manifesto, CECOP, the European Confederation of co-operatives and worker-owned enterprises active in industry and services, sets out the top priorities for the next legislature.

2014 Co-operatives Europe General Assembly

Cooperative businesses and organisations from around Europe will meet in Warsaw to debate, exchange and develop new ways of enhancing the cooperative business model for a prosperous and equitable Europe. The event is organised by Cooperatives Europe and the National Cooperative Council of Poland.

New Co-operative National Law could level the playing field for co-operatives in Australia

A uniform set of national laws for co-operatives that is being progressively introduced across Australia could help strengthen the co-operative sector.

International Summit will feature world-renowned economists and co-operators

Over 150 co-operators, economists and academics will be speaking at this year’s International Summit of Cooperatives. The second edition of the Summit takes place in Quebec on 6-9 October and features speakers from across different sectors.

This year’s Summit will be focusing on five different topics: developing co-operative and mutual enterprises; economics; financing and capitalisation; employment; food security and health and social care services.

Co-operatives in the Americas: Driving Economic Growth with Equity and Inclusion

Cooperatives in the Americas: Driving Economic Growth with Equity and Inclusion”  is a cooperative event focused on the robust cooperative movement within the Americas and co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Organization of American States, the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, and Cooperatives Americas—A Region of the International Cooperative Alliance.

ICA Statement for Women's Day 2014


International Women's Day 2014 Declaration

Gender Equality Committee

International Co-operative Alliance

María Eugenia Pérez, Chairperson


“Equality for women: progress for all”




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