Tuesday, October 28, 2014
(Following is a reproduction of "Draft 2014 Declaration: International Summit of Cooperatives". Participants (at least 3 co-op groups in the Philippines sent their delegations) are encouraged to submit their comments to the declaration, up to Oct. 31, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org ).
"...Over 3,000 people from 93 countries registered for the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City from October 6-9, 2014. Under the overarching theme of innovation, the discussions among stakeholders and participants focused on the solutions cooperative and mutual enterprises offer in response to the challenges of food security, the employment crisis, an access to health care and services.
The year 2014 has highlighted the contribution of the cooperative movement to a more stable global economy that cares more about people and demonstrated its ability to provide economic support to local communities while playing an ever greater role on the world stage.
In proclaiming 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, the United Nations encouraged the world to look at cooperatives and mutuals in a new light. That same year, the first International Year of Cooperatives was held in Quebec City, and the International Co-operative Alliance's Blueprint for Co-operative Decade was implemented. The final declaration of this unprecedented meeting asserted the global importance of the cooperative and mutual movement.
In 2014 things were different. The cooperative world has a bigger voice and enjoys greater recognition from international organizations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Foo and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an the World Bank. For the first time ever, cooperatives were invited to take part in B20 talks this year.
As cooperatives and mutuals garner greater attention, their economic importance is growing. The studies presente at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives testify to their growth. The movement currently represents:
* 2.6 million cooperatives and mutuals
* 1 billion members and clients
* 250 million jobs
* 12% of total jobs in the G20
* $3,000 billion in annual revenue
In 2014, the cooperative and mutual movement entered a new phase, shifting from recognition to affirmation. It seeks to innovate more in order to step up growth and make a bigger contribution to tackling three of the world's challenges: food security, employment, and access to health care and services.
In light of discussions held during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, the participants declare the following:
We need more, stronger, and innovative cooperatives that commit to ensuring food security , continue their role as creators of wealth and jobs, and step up their efforts to improve access to health care and services.
Further to this declaration, the participants at the 2014 Summit undertake to act on the following five findings.
FINDING 1: WE NEED MORE
* Whereas the International Year of Co-operatives did much to bring the global cooperative movement together an help it promote its importance in international organizations;
* Whereas the Rio + 20 Treaty on Sustainable Development recognized the cooperative and mutual business model as a key tool to support its initiatives;
* Whereas the cooperative business model has been included in the work of the B20 and its recommendations to the G20 leaders;
* Whereas many world leaders in political, economic, an academic realms now recognize how much cooperative and mutual enterprises contribute to a better-balanced and fairer global economy with regard to the human condition.
* Cooperative an mutual enterprises undertake to:
* Ensure that the cooperative movement consolidates its position in the B20.
* Give voice to the cooperative movement in the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN for 2015.
* Leverage the UN's Action Plan for Women, which highlights the place women occupy in cooperative business ownership an leadership.
FINDING 2: WE NEED MORE AND STRONGER INNOVATIVE COOPERATIVES TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE AND SOCIETIES.
Whereas cooperatives and mutuals have a significant impact on the world economy;
Whereas the International Co-operative Alliance has pursued initiatives under the Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade - the "2020 Vision";
Whereas it is critical for cooperatives and mutuals continue working to gain the recognition needed to influence G20 decision makers;
Whereas the World Bank has recognize that in many developing countries, financial cooperatives are major forces for financial inclusion, reaching many more people than other types of financial institutions;
Whereas cooperatives must be stronger and more numerous in order to resolve economic challenges.
To this end, cooperatives and mutuals undertake to:
* Achieve the objectiv es of the Blueprint in order to increase recognition of cooperatives as drivers of social, economic, and sustainable development
* Support implementation of national legislation that eliminates obstacles to the creation of development of cooperatives and mutuals
* Promote full and complete recognition of the cooperative an mutual business model and its democratic principles
* Leverage new technology to achieve economies of scale and diversify services
* Support the introduction of appropriate legislation and a system of supervision that helps ensure the stability of financial cooperatives and their integration into their national financial systems
* Contribute to the training and reinforcement of cooperative boards of directors and officers
* Increase the role of financial cooperatives in ensuring financial inclusion worldwide
* Actively support initiatives to compile all economic and social data from cooperatives in order to raise public awareness of their impact in all economic sectors
FINDINGS 3: WE NEED COOPERATIVES TO CONTRIBUTE TO FOOD SECURITY
Whereas we will need to feed 9 billion people by 2050, and millions lack foo security, despite the progress made;
Whereas in 2012 FAO recognized the irrefutable contribution of agricultural cooperatives to global food security;
Whereas numerous phenomena such as urbanization, climate change, conflicts, speculation, and natural disasters can compromise food security or aggravate problems;
Whereas one out of every two people around the world depends on a cooperative for their livelihood.
Cooperatives declare themselves key players in the global fight against hunger an are committed to increasing food security. To this end, cooperatives and mutuals undertake to:
Monday, October 27, 2014
"There is need to 'revolutionize' the regulatory and development systems (for local cooperatives) of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), if we are to prepare and strengthen the cooperative movement in the light of the Asean integration."
This is among the recommendations made by Coop-Natcco Party List Rep. Cresente C. Paez, in response to the CDA's Vision 2020.
This is essential, if we want our cooperatives to grow and develop at par with those of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, Rep. Paez said.
The CDA Vision 2020 is sending us a message that there is a compelling need to re-engineer its organizational structure, he pointed out.
"My view is for CDA to strengthen its regulatory power and enhance the supervisory skills of its people," Rep. Paez suggested.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Chaired by COOP-NATCCO Partylist Rep. Cresente C. Paez, the Committee on Cooperatives Development has lined up a number of activities for the 2014 Co-op Week Celebration, at the House of Representatives.
This year's theme is "Kongreso, Kaagapay ng Kooperatiba sa Pag-asenso."
1. Opening program, 9:30 a.m., at the North Wing Lobby.
2. Privilege speeches by cooperative lawmakers, 4:00 p.m.,
Showcase of Co-op Products
1. Microentrepreneurial training (Beads making, Urban Gardening, 9:30 a.m., North Wing Lobby.
Symposium on workers cooperatives, 2:00 p.m., North Wing Lobby.
1. Product exhibits:
The following cooperatives will exhibit their products: Sto. Rosario Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC), Lumban Marketing Cooperative, Kilos Foundation Environmental MPC, Gintong Pangarap MPC, Cafe Amadeo Development Cooperative, Bagong Barrio MPC, Kaabay Entre Workers Cooperative, Soro Soro Ibaba MPC, LIMCOMA, Federation of Sustainable Development.
2. Photo exhibits:
Participants are NATCCO, SIDC, Gintong Pangarap MPC, and the Cooperative Development Authority.
See you there!
(Special thanks to Atty. Sherwin Vizconde of the Office of Rep. Cresente C. Paez, for the information contained here). (END)