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Coop culture & cultural heritage

As part of Congress’s first key theme, Examining Our Cooperative Identity, delegates gathered on the afternoon of 1 December in Seoul and online to discuss cooperative and cultural heritage. In 2016, UNESCO formally recognised cooperatives as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and in her introduction, the session’s facilitator Stefania Marcone referenced this decision as something to reflect on in this conversation,  saying, “if we want to rebuild a better world, cooperative culture and the culture in cooperative sectors are fundamental.”

Q&A: Om Devi Malla on peace, cooperation, and the cooperative identity

Om Devi Malla is the Senior Vice-Chair of the National Cooperative Federation of Nepal and sits on the global board of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). She is a campaigner for peace and women’s equality and at the World Cooperative Congress is chairing the session exploring how cooperatives should be Committing to our Cooperative Identity … For Peace and Equality (session 3.2). Following World Peace Day (21 September), she shares her thoughts on the connection between peace and the cooperative identity.

Registration is now open for Congress

The Congress will be a hybrid event, taking place both in person in Seoul, and online. For participants attending Congress online, all sessions will be broadcast live in the Korean time zone (GMT+9). For those who cannot attend during the scheduled times, all the sessions will be recorded and made available online via the Congress online platform for viewing at a later time.

International Youth Day: raising voices to show how cooperatives make a difference

The world marked International Youth Day on 12 August, to highlight the challenges facing young people – and campaigners are highlighting the benefits of working together through cooperatives. The cooperative model – which brings the benefits of mutual support, economic ownership and autonomy at work – is uniquely placed to help young people negotiate their uncertain future of work.