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The United Nations International Day of Co-operatives 2018

The theme for the 2018 International Day of Co-operatives is "sustainable consumption and production of goods and services", which the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 12.

This theme is an opportunity for co-operatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment by members making sustainable choices. The theme was unveiled by the President of the International Co-operative Alliance, Ariel Guarco, at “Cooperatives: Developing people-focused strategies to end poverty” event in New York.

Mr. Guarco shared the latest news about the online platform called Co-ops for 2030, where co-operatives are pledging to implement the SDGs. There have been 300 pledges from 100 co-operatives in 40 countries so far.

With "sustainable consumption and production of goods and services" as the general theme, a global survey selected the #CoopsDay slogan "Sustainable societies through cooperation."

Co-operatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Among the examples, agricultural co-operatives work to maintain the longevity of the land where they grow crops through sustainable farming practices. Consumer co-operatives support sustainable sourcing for their products and educate consumers about responsible consumption. Housing co-operatives help ensure safe dwellings. Co-operative banks contribute to stability thanks to their proximity to their clients and provide access to finance at the local level and are widespread even in remote areas. Utility co-operatives are engaged in the transition to cleaner electricity and rural access to energy and water. Worker and social co-operatives in the diverse sectors (health, communications, tourism.) aim to provide goods and services in an efficient, planet-friendly way while creating long-term, sustainable jobs.

Through #CoopsDay, local and global policymakers can learn how co-operatives contribute to a more sustainable and resilient world.

About the International Day of Co-operatives

The United Nations International Day of Co-operatives has been celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July since 1995.

The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness on cooperatives, highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international co-operative movement, underscore the contributions of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations and strengthen and extend partnerships between the international co-operative movement and other actors.

Since 1995, the Alliance and the United Nations have been setting the theme for the celebration of the International Day through COPAC, a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions, the Alliance is a founding member, that champions and supports people-centred and self-sustaining cooperative enterprises as leaders in sustainable development.

Source: Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

2018 ACE Institute – Fostering Coop Innovation

2018 ACE Institute – Fostering Coop InnovationThe Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) is pleased to invite you to its 2018 Annual Institute "Fostering Coop Innovation"!

The Annual Institute is the only annual conference in North America dedicated solely to the promotion of cooperative education and to the training of all cooperators (educators, leaders, developers, learners, etc.). It is a unique learning opportunity for 100-120 cooperators from all cooperative sectors and across national boundaries.

As one of the most prestigious co-op education events in the world, our Annual Institute is a real summer school of cooperation. This year, be one of us and join us in Minneapolis for an exciting Institute!

Register for 2018 ACE Institute – Fostering Coop Innovation


Our complete program will be available mid-June. We can already tell you that our program will include 5 keynotes, 9 workshops, 2 panel presentations, 2 mobile learning sessions (co-op tours), various poster presentations, an opening cocktail  and a Gala with live performances!

Key themes this year are alternative agricultural co-op models, capitalization, creative governance, youth engagement, health co-ops, member engagement, co-op legislations, co-ops around the world, co-op success stories, housing co-ops, co-op values and the strengthening of democracy, financial co-op challenges, etc

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem RevolutionThis is their 16th annual conference and we are delighted to feature keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. They will continue to offer a robust network of colleagues, action strategies, and tools to use in your work within your local community.

CCEDNet Member and Social Entrepreneur Shaun Loney will be speaking at this event

Register for NACCE 2018 | The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution theme is about mindset, leveraging assets on your campus and in your community to spur innovation and success. As requested by NACCE members, this year’s offerings will also include an expanded focus on STEM, global, and social entrepreneurship.

Social Behaviour Change Advisor - Volunteer in Zambia

Start Date: Jun – Aug 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 9 Months

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role

This is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to a regional nutrition program led by CARE Canada!

Monthly Stipend, flights, accommodation, etc
Start Date: 
Sun, 07/15/2018
15 Jul 2018


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