International Day of Cooperatives 2020

Fekoskan and the Curaçao Cooperative Academy invites the Curaçao community to celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives by taking action against climate change.

The 2020 International Day of Cooperatives theme – Cooperatives for Climate Action was chosen to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on Climate Action. This event will focus on the contribution of cooperatives to combating climate change, one of the most severe challenges facing our planet during the 21st century. Climate change severely impacts people’s livelihoods around the world, especially the most disadvantaged groups such as small-scale farmers, women, youth, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, who have to cope with extreme natural disasters and degradation of natural resources.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to us that those who have less are the ones who suffer the most,” said Bruno Roelants, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) director general. “Climate change continues to affect the most vulnerable population on our planet, and we must continue to take action to change this. Cooperatives as a global reality have a fundamental role to play in this endeavour. This year for the International Day of Cooperatives, we seek to highlight the importance of taking action against climate change, and to encourage others to also make a difference – no matter how small.”

“One of the things this pandemic has done is to remind us just how closely the world of work is connected to climate change and therefore the central role it must play in combating it”, said ILO Director General Guy Ryder. “It’s precisely because the cooperative model aligns short term actions with long-term vision that it can give us precious insight into how to confront global crises, be it pandemic or climate change.”

Concern for the community is one of the cooperative movement’s founding values and, as such, the need to sustainably safeguard favourable living conditions for communities underpins all cooperatives’ operations and vision. In a general sense, sustainability is the capacity to support, maintain or endure. Since the 1980s, the concept of sustainability has evolved to mean the integration of environmental, economic and social dimensions. Cooperatives here again are the forerunners of modern sustainability. By placing human need at their centre, they respond to today’s crises of sustainability and deliver a distinctive form of shared value. 

About the International Day of Cooperatives:

The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July to increase awareness on cooperatives and highlight the complementary goals, objectives and contributions of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement.