The Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) is organizing a VNR-Lab on 11 July 2023 in support of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. It is also an occasion to commemorate the 2023 International Day of Cooperatives.
The International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July by the cooperative movement worldwide and the theme for this year is Cooperatives: Partners for Accelerated Sustainable Development. It is an occasion to show how the cooperative way of working, inspired by the cooperative values and principles, has the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of its DNA. Being one of the world’s oldest and largest business networks, the cooperative movement was the first group of enterprises worldwide to endorse the SDGs and be recognized as a partner in achieving these goals.
As the international community will hold an SDG summit in September 2023 seeking ways to accelerate progress, it is thus a real key moment to highlight cooperatives as a solution in advancing the achievement of the SDGs and accelerating the recovery from COVID-19.
The event will allow countries that include cooperatives in their voluntary national presentations to exchange experiences with participants (including countries having not yet included cooperatives in their VNRs) for mutual learning and to have a deeper discussion on supporting cooperatives as sustainable and successful enterprises that are vehicles for achieving many SDGs.