The World Cooperative Congress will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11-17 December 2020.
The World Cooperative Congresses are historical moments for the movement. This Congress is particularly special because the ICA is celebrating its 125th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity. With the main theme of ‘Deepening our cooperative identity’, the Congress will provide an opportunity to celebrate and deepen the understanding of the cooperative identity. It can thus constitute both a point of arrival, by taking stock of 25 years of development of the cooperative identity, and a point of departure, by launching a debate ushering in a deeper and more multi-faceted understanding of the role which the cooperative identity plays in setting the cooperative model.
World Cooperative Congresses are convened only on very special occasions, like for the approval of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity (31st Congress, 1995, Manchester) or the UN International Year of Cooperatives (32nd Congress, 2012, Manchester). The World Cooperative Congress is a large gathering of ICA members as well as cooperators in general. We are expecting around 2,000 participants. It will be the second Congress to be held outside Europe, an opportunity to reaffirm the fact that the cooperative identity is truly universal.
We will discuss an array of themes that are linked to the cooperative identity and will be useful both for cooperatives’ positioning at the national and international level at a time when the recognition of our specificities is increasingly difficult and for cooperatives to learn how to better use the cooperative identity to do business and increase their business sales in a context of global competition. For this occasion, a number of high-quality papers and studies will be prepared and will be presented.
The Congress itself will be preceded by an International Research Conference (10-12 December) and an International Cooperative Law Forum (12-13 December), which will discuss themes related to the Congress. On 13 December, the ICA – Asia Pacific General Assembly will be convened. Several other side events will also be organized.
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