World Cooperative Congress 2020

Friday 11 - Thursday 17 December 2020

513 Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu 06164 Seoul
South Korea

Hanoi Declaration calls on co-ops to pledge support for Sustainable Development Goals

07 Apr 2020


Co-ops across the Asia and Pacific region are backing the Alliance’s 2030 vision towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 10th ICA Asia and Pacific Co-operative Ministers’ Conference concluded with the adoption of a declaration backing the Co-ops for 2030 initiative. The campaign helps co-operatives learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals, and records pledges to contribute to achieving the SDGs, and report their progress.

At the Ministers’ conference last month (18-21 April), over 200 participants from 25 countries attended and discussed the motion.

The Hanoi APCMC Resolution asks co-operatives to pledge to contribute to achieving the SDGs and report their progress using the platform

Also, the declaration encourages the sector to devise instruments on care and social economy; strengthen linkages among co-operatives; undertake evidence-based research; and better understand and serve the national co-operative movements in various geographical areas.

“Visioning Ahead to 2030 is promoting stronger partnerships between governments and co-operative stakeholders in realising the SDGs,” said Balu Iyer, Asia and Pacific Regional Director.

Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, a keynote speaker at the event, told delegates the government plans to increase the number of co-operatives across the country, as an important measure to boost economic development.

The conference urged governments of member states of the United Nations to integrate co-operatives in their respective development agendas and national policies by adopting the Hanoi APCMC Resolution.

Photo: Co-operative representatives with PM of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre).