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On the final day of the World Cooperative Congress delegates in a parallel session heard about affordable housing and energy. The session started by stating that the world was facing a global climate crisis and we were close to the tipping point. This had already hugely disrupted our society and could in the near future threaten all human life. The seventh cooperative principle of care for our community calls on us to tackle the climate, energy and housing crisis together. 


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Introducing a session on living the cooperative identity through integrated health and social care, Dr Carlos Zarco, President of the IHCO and Director of Fundacion Espriu, Spain, said the pandemic had highlighted people’s worries over healthcare. “Patients want to get the best health care at the lowest cost. And cooperatives allow patients to work together to work with health providers, and even become the owners of the health resources.”


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Dear attendees, As you know, the 33rd World Cooperative Congress, both in-person and online, was interrupted after a Covid case was detected. The protocol from the health authorities of the Republic of Korea was activated immediately, and the situation is under control – but this situation prevented us from continuing the activities. It is important …


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Who’s Speaking

Musa Sydney SibandzeFacilitator

Musa Sibandze is the President of the Eswatini Farmers Cooperative Union (ESWAFCU), Founder & Managing Director of SMS General Supplies and Services (PTY) LTD which was established in 1999. He is also the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Redeemed Christians Revival Center Church based in Eswatini. Mr. Sibandze holds various management certificates from different training institutions including Maurice Kerrigan and Mananga Management Campus. Additionally, he has a Cooperative Management Certificate-specialising in Managing Agriculture Cooperatives from ITC-ILO- Italy. Mr. Sibandze serves as Treasurer and Board member of the SADC Cooperatives Federation and President of the newly formed National Cooperatives Federation in Eswatini (NCFE). 

Musa Sydney SibandzeFacilitator

Musa Sibandze is the President of the Eswatini Farmers Cooperative Union (ESWAFCU), Founder & Managing Director of SMS General Supplies and Services (PTY) LTD which was established in 1999. He is also the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Redeemed Christians Revival Center Church based in Eswatini. Mr. Sibandze holds various management certificates from different training institutions including Maurice Kerrigan and Mananga Management Campus. Additionally, he has a Cooperative Management Certificate-specialising in Managing Agriculture Cooperatives from ITC-ILO- Italy. Mr. Sibandze serves as Treasurer and Board member of the SADC Cooperatives Federation and President of the newly formed National Cooperatives Federation in Eswatini (NCFE). 

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Nancy HeinrichsPanellist

Nancy Heinrichs is the Executive Director of NorWest Co-op Community Health, a non-profit health cooperative and community health agency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Nancy has defined her career by a philosophy of openness, integration and collaboration viewed through a community lens.

Nancy HeinrichsPanellist

Nancy Heinrichs is the Executive Director of NorWest Co-op Community Health, a non-profit health cooperative and community health agency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Nancy has defined her career by a philosophy of openness, integration and collaboration viewed through a community lens.

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Dr. Seunghyun ChoPanellist

Dr. Seunghyun Cho is Assistant Research Fellow of NH Economic Research Institute (NH ERI) at 솓 National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) of Korea. Dr. Cho studied the risk management of commodity markets and earned his Ph.D in Agricultural Economics at Seoul National University.

Dr. Seunghyun ChoPanellist

Dr. Seunghyun Cho is Assistant Research Fellow of NH Economic Research Institute (NH ERI) at 솓 National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) of Korea. Dr. Cho studied the risk management of commodity markets and earned his Ph.D in Agricultural Economics at Seoul National University.

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25 VOICES

Throughout the year, the ICA will feature 25 members of the cooperative movement who are under the age of 25, to tell the world what the cooperative identity means to them – in the form of a short video story, photos and other digital media. The stories will use real-life examples to inspire and vividly show the cooperative difference.

Ryosuke Shikata

23

Kyoto University Co-op

Japan


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Eric Lee

22

FUN company

Korea


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Iva Jankovich

21

Buddy Up

Canada


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