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Movement prepares for ICA World Cooperative Congress

Hosted by the International Cooperative Alliance(ICA), World Cooperative Congresses are scheduled around the co-operative movement’s historical landmarks. This year’s congress, originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, marks the ICA’s 125th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity. The ICA adopted the Statement on the Cooperative Identity in 1995, which includes the definition of a co-operative, co-operative values, and the seven co-operative principles.

The hybrid event will be an opportunity for delegates gather in-person and online to discuss, network and plan action around the theme of “Deepening our Cooperative Identity”. This will be tackled across four key areas related to the co-operative identity: examining its values, strengthening its actions, committing to its principles and living its achievements.

ICA president Ariel Guarco said: “We have one billion members who are part of three million co-operatives on all continents. This global reach gives us an unprecedented chance to make our influence felt. Congress offers us the opportunity to do that by bringing together thinkers, doers, activists, and storytellers who will lead conversations on four sub-themes.”

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