New Zealand Prime Minister acknowledges the work of cooperatives and their contribution to the SDGs

18 Mar 2019

Our member in New Zealand, Cooperative Business New Zealand have recently organised the Business Leaders Forum. It was attended by Prime Minister Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Economic Development David Parker who acknowledged the initiatives taken by the New Zealand cooperative sector to help meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

In her address to this country’s cooperative business sector leaders this week, Ms Ardern said New Zealand was due to go before the UN at a High Level Political Forum that is scheduled to take place in New York in July to report on this country’s progress in tackling the 17 sustainability goals.

“It is widely recognized that the co-operative business model, with its underlying strengths of endurance along with economic, environmental and social sustainability, is the most closely aligned towards supporting the UN in achieving these goals,” said the Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive, Craig Presland. 

The theme of this year’s forum was Forward Thinking – Taking New Zealand co-operatives into the future.

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Caption: Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland, and NZ Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, at the Cooperative Business Leaders’ Forum held at the Fonterra Centre in Auckland on 26th February.