Global Round Table of Governmental Authorities for the Promotion of Cooperatives

Global Round Table

Walkerhill Hotel
177 Walkerhill-ro
Gwangjin-gu 04963 Seoul
Corea del Sur

On 4 December 2021, The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in collaboration with the Korean Public Authorities organised a Global Round Table to provide a unique global platform for discussions on cooperatives, the role they play and the support they can be offered within framework of the UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development. It was an opportunity for the public authorities to discuss and assess the
recommendations of the 2021 UN Secretary General report on cooperatives in social development.

Representatives from Argentina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Canada (Quebec City), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France (Bordeaux City), Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea (Local Governments), Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Senegal (Dakar), South Africa, Spain (Basque region) and The United Arabs Emirates, shared how they are supporting the cooperative sector.

This meeting evaluates how governments can support in creating policies and programmes to
leverage the cooperative enterprise model for a more inclusive and resilient recovery; improving legislative
and regulatory frameworks to create a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives; and
strengthening cooperatives capacities to collect comprehensive and internationally comparable data on the
role of cooperative enterprises in economic and social development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This meeting also evaluates key policy and regulatory challenges encountered by cooperatives and suggest a strategy for action plans for cooperative development at local, national, regional, and global level. Also, it explores the growing interest of governments and intergovernmental bodies on social and solidarity economy and will discuss the prominent role of cooperatives, ahead of the 110th Session of the International Labour Conference in 2022 which held a general discussion on the Social and Solidarity Economy for a human-centred future of work. Aiming at a more inclusive and networked multilateralism, we envisage at exploring concrete actions for effective collaboration and coordination with the cooperative movement in multiple inter-governmental policy processes. 

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