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The foundation of our identity drives cooperatives to pursue fundamental positive change in our world such as support for the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As grassroots organisations led by their members, cooperatives are hard at work offering effective approaches to sustainable development in the communities in which they are rooted. But how are UN global policies being turned into effective local actions?


World Cooperative Congress Sessions

Plenary Session 4: Living our Cooperative Identity

The foundation of our identity drives cooperatives to pursue fundamental positive change in our world such as support for the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As grassroots organisations led by their members, cooperatives are hard at work offering effective approaches to sustainable development in the communities in which they are rooted. But how are UN global policies being turned into effective local actions?

Parallel Session 4.1: With Rewarding Jobs

To maintain the cooperative movement’s vision of fair and ethical economic development to ensure a bright future and rewarding jobs, more autonomy and active participation in decisions for workers, cooperatives must adapt to the changes brought about by digitization. They demonstrate a high level of innovation in creating new forms of work and working relationships. What will the relationship between unions and cooperatives look like in the future? What lessons can we learn from these new approaches?

Parallel Session 4.2: With Accessible Health and Social Services

There are few issues that unite people around the world more than health care and social services, especially under the ongoing pandemic. Cooperatives have excelled in both fields and offer a unique alternative to the debate between public and private services. What innovative approaches have been implemented to face the growing cost of health care? How are cooperatives meeting the growing needs of both aging populations in more developed countries and vulnerable people in developing countries?  What should a program reflecting the future of care look like? How to make health a priority for all?

Parallel Session 4.3: With Enhanced Food Security

The relationship between food production and consumption is being tested in many ways—climate change, drought, flooding, refugee movement, and rural losses of the population. It is also becoming particularly acute under the ongoing pandemic which is disrupting the chains of production and distribution. This, however, has provided a renewed role to cooperatives engaged in agricultural production and retail. How can cooperatives best address new ways to balance production and consumption in the worldwide food delivery system? 

Parallel Session 4.4: With Affordable Housing and Energy

There is a close relationship between affordable energy and affordable housing at all levels of society. Cooperatives serve their members more effectively by sharing their skills and knowledge, and housing and energy cooperatives can make a difference in this area. What innovations are the result of partnerships between housing cooperatives and energy cooperatives. How do we expand these ways of doing things?

Parallel Session 4.5: With Reliable Private-Public Partnerships

Connecting local governments with private partners can become an engine to improve local and territorial development. It is recognized that the social and solidarity economy (SSE) create wealth in communities and contributes to sustainable local and territorial development. What are the best practices in public-private partnerships? How do we develop policies and programs that are favourable to SSE organizations?